Free Enterprise Forum Addresses Freedom of Expression

May 8, 2024

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation at the Hankamer School of Business recently hosted the Free Enterprise Forum, a lecture series featuring distinguished guests from around the world addressing a wide range of topics that are both thought-provoking and engaging. 

The forum featured Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) and renowned New York Times best-selling author. 

Lukianoff's discussion, based on his book, "Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate," shed light on the growing issue of intolerance for dissent and debate on college campuses nationwide. The event fostered meaningful conversations surrounding the challenges there are to confront freedom of expression in academic settings. Lukianoff's expertise provided attendees with invaluable insights into navigating contentious issues in higher education.

“Issues related to campus speech and expression are increasingly important, as seen by the conflicts at many campuses over the last few weeks related to the war in Gaza,” Peter Klein, the chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, said. “Greg Lukianoff and his organization, FIRE, have been at the forefront of these controversies for decades, and it was great to hear his perspective on the need for free and open dialogue and discussion and the importance of tolerance and viewpoint diversity.”

The Free Enterprise Forum is an ongoing lecture series open to students, faculty and staff, providing opportunities to learn, discuss and engage in meaningful discussions about relevant issues in academia. 

“I’m delighted that so many students and faculty could attend the event,” Klein said. “There was a vibrant and engaging Q&A session, which shows how passionate people are about these issues.” 

As the Business School continues to advocate for academic freedom and intellectual diversity, events like these serve as catalysts for meaningful dialogue and positive change.

Click here to watch the discussion