June 2024 Newsletter

July 02, 2024 3 min read

June 2024 Newsletter

July 1, 2024

To Princetonians for Free Speech Subscribers, members and friends,

The Princeton campus, and others, have quieted down for the summer. But the drama of recent months seems likely to resume this fall, and PFS will be keeping you posted.

What You Should Know

PFS’s second annual survey of Princeton students, conducted by College Pulse, was released in early June. As PFS Co-Founder Ed Yingling ’70 wrote: “This survey provides information on student attitudes on key free speech issues. Because the survey is being done annually, comparisons can be made to see if Princeton is making progress. Unfortunately, with three important exceptions, on most issues the survey shows little or no progress from the troublesome results in the first survey. In a few cases, the results are worse than last year. Clearly Princeton still has work to do.” Read More

Student News

Our very own Matthew Wilson '24 has been promoted to Programs Associate. Matthew joined our team over a year and a half ago as an undergrad, and we are excited to be working with him for another year before he heads to law school.

In other student news, Writing Fellowship applications are now open for the fall 2024 term. For instructions on how to apply, please head to our student portal.

Articles of Interest

Confidence in colleges and universities hits new lows, per FIRE polls

By Nathan Honeycutt, FIRE, June 11, 2024

Confidence in higher education has plummeted to its lowest level ever according to the results of two new national polls commissioned by FIRE and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Harvard’s ‘Abysmal’ Year Continues

By Samuel J. Abrams & Steven McGuire, Minding the Campus, June 17, 2024

Harvard’s year has been one for the history books. It ranked last in the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s annual college free speech survey, earning its own category of “abysmal.” It had quite possibly the worst response to Hamas’s October 7th terrorist attack on Israel in all American higher education.
Bureaucracy Is Eating Higher Education. Just Look at Yale 

By Lauren Noble, National Review, June 27, 2024

In the last year alone, the university added nearly three times as many bureaucrats as undergraduates and twice as many bureaucrats as educators.

‘Momentum undeniably growing’: More elite colleges look to end DEI hiring mandates

By Katlyn Anderson, The College Fix, June 26, 2024

Yale, Columbia still use DEI in hiring as other elite colleges like MIT, Harvard abandon practice.

Quote of the Month

Mitch Daniels, excerpted from the author’s Neil B. Freeman Lecture for the Fund for American Studies (TFAS) delivered at George Mason University on June 11, 2024.
 
The presidents and Congresses of the last twelve years have made our national debt picture, alarming in 2011, not better but unimaginably worse. Those few officeholders who sought to advance the major reforms necessary for solvency were punished politically. The last two presidents, now the two candidates for the next presidency, promise not only to continue our descent into national bankruptcy but to make it worse.
Our wanton, mindless borrowing from your future has been my principal reason to fear a national catastrophe. . . . . We know the sort of people who will seek to exploit any such crisis. We have just watched their farm teams in spring training, at what we once thought of as “elite” universities. We read their grossly slanted version of events in what we once accepted as responsible, objective organs of journalism. . . . The hope that brings me here today is that they will find, meeting them at midfield, a very different elite. A cadre of freedom-loving idealists, prepared to contest and defeat the statists, who insist that, if history does demand a new collective identity for America, it is an identity rooted in personal autonomy, and the liberty to exercise it in shaping one’s own life.


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To Princetonians for Free Speech Subscribers, members and friends,

Reunions 2024 was a huge success for PFS! About 130 people attended our first on-campus Reunion event, “You Can’t Teach That! The Battle over University Classrooms,” with Keith E. Whittington and Jonathan Rauch. See details in the special feature below. We will let you know as soon as the event is posted on YouTube. In the meantime, see Whittington’s May 10 article in the Daily Princetonian: Civil Disobedience Has Consequences.

Did Reunions 2024 include protests that crossed the line into civil disobedience? Yes. Princeton Alumni Weekly reported that pro-Palestinian protestors delayed the start of the P-rade, disrupted President Eisgruber’s presentation in Alexander Hall, painted graffiti on Roberston Hall and dyed the fountain red. But the many thousands of alums did not let these intrusions by a few protesters put a damper on their fun. 

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April 30, 2024


To Princetonians for Free Speech Subscribers, members and friends,


A major PFS event will occur at Reunions 2024:  “You Can’t Teach That! The Battle over University Classrooms.” On Saturday, May 25, at 10 am, Princeton’s leading First Amendment scholar Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, will appear in conversation with Jonathan Rauch, prize-winning author and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. See the description and details for this event in the Special Feature below. We hope to see you there!

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March 2024 Newsletter
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March 28, 2024 5 min read

To Princetonians for Free Speech Subscribers, members and friends,

This month PFS spotlights an exciting event on campus. On April 22, a new film, The Coddling of the American Mind, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, is showing on campus as part of a college campus national tour. See below for details.

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