Full Replay: House Oversight Committee Hearing On Challenges To Freedom Of Speech On College Campuses


HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: In recent years, failures by college administrators and rising intolerance among college students have led to a number of disturbing and, at times, violent anti-speech incidents on college campuses.

While students’ constitutionally protected right to free speech is under attack on campuses, these schools receive billions of dollars each year from federal taxpayers.

Some of the witnesses will be able to speak firsthand about speech suppression on campus, including having been shouted down, threatened, and disinvited.


(1) To identify the harms of infringing on the right to free speech on college campuses.

(2) To explore recommendations on how to encourage and protect First Amendment rights, as well as intellectual and ideological diversity, on college campuses.

(3) To understand administrators’ concerns about public safety and controversial speakers on campus, which sometimes lead to unconstitutional restrictions on free speech.

Participants include:

Adam Carolla, podcaster and 'No Safe Spaces' documentary creator.

Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire.

Nadine Strossen, John Marshal Harlan II Professor of Law at NYU Law School

Michael Zimmerman, Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Evergreen State College

Mr. Frederick Lawrence, National Commissioner at Anti-Defamation League

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