With most universities in North America having transformed into Soviet-style indoctrination camps for the left, a new university dedicated to preserving free speech to be set up in Austin, Texas, has professors pleading to get in.
The University of Austin is being funded by Cicero Research and expects to be open for business in the fall of 2022. It was a response to universities across America banning free speech, particularly conservative views, on their campuses.
Fox News recently interviewed Peter Boghossian, one of the school’s founding members, who said the school is being flooded with applicants to fill its professorships.
Boghossian added, “They can’t stand the censoriousness, they can’t stand the diversity statements. They can’t stand pretending to believe something that not only do they not believe, they just know it is false, but they can’t do anything about it lest they receive accusations of bigotry or discrimination.”
Boghossian cited one applicant who said, “I’m caught in an insane asylum, everybody’s gone crazy, I will work for half,”
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And it’s not just professors who are interested in free speech, so are the students.
Fox News reports that back in September, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) cancelled a guest lecture by University of Chicago professor, Dorian Abbot, when activists went on a rampage after Abbot criticized “current diversity, equity, and inclusion standards in higher education.”
The lecture was then hosted by Princeton on Oct 21 and according to reports, thousands of students signed up, forcing the sponsors to keep increasing the number of people who could watch by zoom.
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In an interview with America’s Newsroom (AN) about MIT’s cancellation of his lecture, Abbot added that his wife, who was born in the Ukraine and had to be water baptized in secret, said the cancellation reminded her of the Soviet Union.
Abbot told AN:
“When she heard about what was happening on campus when I first told her she said ‘it sounds like what my mother told me about Soviet times.”
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Great article on a fascinating experiment. I am wondering so much. Will this school have tenure, and how will it be awarded if teachers have trouble getting published in academic journals? Will the school have classes in CRT? Will the students tend to be right wing, religious, left wing, or just a random slice of Americana? How will students at this school react to what they perceive as suppression of free speech during classes?