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Freedom of Speech at Amherst

A long-term battle to allow military recruiters to speak on the Amherst campus, only settled by a 9-0 Supreme Court decision. A decades-long history of efforts to control what’s reported about Amherst in the media. How can this happen in an American academic institution dedicated to freedom of inquiry, freedom of speech and freedom of scholarship? Three Amherst alumni review the record, with help from William C. Symonds, former Boston bureau chief of Business Week and author of the February 27, 2006 Business Week profile on Amherst College: “Campus Revolutionary: Tony Marx Has a Radical Plan to Get More Poor Kids Into Top Colleges, Starting with Amherst.” Also participating: Dick Hubert ’60, former alumni trustee; Chris Lehane ’90, current alumni trustee; and Paul Statt ’78, former Amherst director of media relations. Presented by the Classes of 1960 and 1990.

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