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The Oberlin Review

Controversial Speakers Deserve Fair Platform

Will Cramer, Contributing Writer
March 10, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Author Charles Murray was invited last week to speak at Middlebury College in a move that was certain to invite controversy. Notorious for his 1994 book The Bell Curve, which suggests that IQ rather than economic opportunities or access to basic services such as health care is the most effective indicato...

University of Chicago Balances Free Speech, Trigger Warnings

Jack Derwin, Contributing Writer
September 16, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As the training ground for students on the brink of entering full adulthood, the values of higher education are often the subject of scrutiny and controversy. One such controversy was prompted by a University of Chicago welcome letter sent to the university’s incoming first-years on Aug. 24 this year...

Free Speech Still in Student Body’s Best Interest

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
December 11, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

On Dec. 4, College junior Jasper Clarkberg wrote a response titled “Non-Black Allies Must Engage With Protest Critics” to my Nov. 6 column in the Review, “Discouraging Dissent Stifles Intellectual Growth.” I appreciate Clarkberg taking the time to respond to such an important issue and would like ...

Classroom Censorship Does Not Protect Against Real World Experiences

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
November 20, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In a feisty essay published in last week’s Review, columnist Cyrus Eosphoros delivers the following ultimatum to Oberlin’s faculty: “If a professor feels like putting their students — over whom they have substantial power — in danger, the least they could do is prove it...

Content Warnings Fail to Reflect Life After Oberlin

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
November 20, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I have no objection to professors warning students that some information discussed in their classes may be emotionally challenging or difficult to hear. In fact, it is part of a professor’s job is to outline the content of a course and distribute that information to students before the add/drop de...

Discouraging Dissent Stifles Intellectual Growth

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
November 6, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The first tenet listed in Oberlin College’s mission statement is to “graduate ... students who have learned to think with intellectual rigor, creativity, and independence.” Yet it seems to be increasingly common on campus for students who make up the majority opinion to stifle dissent. We must allo...

Privilege Means Choosing Silence

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
September 25, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

To speak has always been a political act. The urge to protect one’s right to speak, the most basic method of communication — in a way the most intimate, most direct route from your mind to another’s — is inherently understandable and incontestable. The unwavering belief in this right is par...

Free Speech Not Equivalent to Violence

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I was appalled by last week’s letter to the editor, titled “In Response to Sommers’ Talk: A Love Letter to Ourselves” (The Oberlin Review, April 17, 2015). Published three days in advance of Christina Hoff Sommers’ public lecture at Oberlin, it read in part: “By bringin...

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech for Some

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
February 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

For obvious and grim reasons, January was a difficult month for France. Thinking about the massacre at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan. 7, and the complex and heated reactions that followed, has made my mind run in confused circles. The recent attacks revealed many contentious proble...

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