Critics of Leftist Assault on Campus Win over Yale Audience in Free-Speech Debate

2 March 2016
Peter Maxwell

Portrayed as ‘ignorant at best and immoral at worst,’ non-leftist students self-censor.

In recent weeks, speakers such as conservative Ben Shapiro and anti-feminist Milo Yiannopoulos have faced angry crowds of progressive students who tried to shut down their campus speeches with interruptions and physical confrontations.

Yet it took an evening of civil debate between scholars and writers to convince a divided Yale University audience that ‘free speech is threatened on campus.’

The public radio show and podcast Open to Debate formerly known as Intelligence Squared U.S. hosted the Tuesday evening Oxford-style debate at Yale, moderated by ABC News correspondent John Donvan.