Academic freedom & free speech in Universities

Professor Adrienne Stone and John Roskam debate the freedom to offend, the nature of expertise and the state of academic freedom in Australia and around the world

Professor Glyn Davis

Published 19 July 2018

Episode 42

Attacks on academic freedom have been making headlines.

The suppression of academic freedom has been called a “global crisis” by some, while others complain the academy is not challenged enough by different thinking. Yet the concept of academic freedom is complicated – what does it mean, and who exactly is under attack?

This episode of The Policy Shop explores academic freedom, using a classic approach – the five Ws – the what, why, who, where and when of academic freedom.

To explore these questions with host, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne Professor Glyn Davis, is Professor Adrienne Stone from the Melbourne Law School and John Roskam, Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.

Episode recorded: 28 June 2018

Produced by: Ruby Schwartz

Audio engineer: Gavin Nebauer

Series producer: Eoin Hahessy

Banner image: Jirka Matousek via Flickr

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