A Professor Mourns The Rise Of Extremism On College Campuses

How do you balance the free speech rights of students who wish to protest with the actions of those protesters when they deny others the opportunity to speak? That’s the quandary being faced by Dr. Lucía Martínez Valdivia, an associate professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Oregon. In a piece published in the Washington Postthis week, Valdivia suggests that she and her colleagues can no longer sit by in silence when students turn acts of peaceful protest into confrontations designed to shut down everyone they disagree with.