Pete Peterson: “These states are finding creative ways to support free speech on campus”

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Pete Peterson in Fox News: “These states are finding creative ways to support free speech on campus”


JMC board member Pete Peterson recently wrote an opinion piece for Fox News on free speech and the growing number of civics institutes on campus:

The scenes of ideological intolerance have become all too familiar to Americans. Law students shouting down a federal judge at Stanford Law School. College students protesting the new president of the University of Florida, former Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. Many of our most prestigious colleges and universities have been reduced to ideological monocultures – both inside and outside the classroom.

The electorate’s growing antipathy about the sad state of free speech in America’s college classrooms is not lost on politicians and policymakers.

Realizing the hardened bureaucracies that exist in most public universities, a growing number of governors and state legislatures (mostly led by Republicans) are taking a creative approach to promoting free speech on campus by funding new centers of teaching and learning on subjects ranging from free-market economics to the unique importance of the American founding…

Read the rest of the piece at Fox News >>



Pete PetersonPete Peterson is the Braun Family Dean of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy. Prior to this he was the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement at the School where he remains a senior fellow. Pete writes and speaks widely on civic participation and public sector leadership.

He serves on the board of the bipartisan political reform organization, California Forward, as well as the National Advisory Board for Civic Education hosted by the Ashbrook Center, and the advisory council for the Rumsfeld Graduate Fellows program. He recently joined the Scholars Council for the bipartisan dialogue organization, Braver Angels, and has served on the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, organized by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, since 2018.

Peterson earned his BA in History at The George Washington University and his MPP at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.

He serves on the Jack Miller Center board of directors.

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