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Episode 6: An Interview with Ilya Shapiro, Academic and Author

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An Interview with Ilya Shapiro, Academic and Author

Universities, more than most institutions, should be places that welcome the free exchange of ideas. Critical thinking is sharpened when one’s beliefs are challenged, and new ideas and perspectives are introduced. This is especially crucial for young people as they prepare to enter an increasingly complex world.

Yet today’s college environment is one in which students and faculty who hold certain viewpoints must find the courage to speak freely. In many cases when they do, they suffer the consequences.

Ilya Shapiro is our guest on this episode of Voices of Freedom. He is not only an expert on constitutional rights but has firsthand experience of what it’s like to be a target of the cancel culture movement.

Topics Discussed

  • Cancel culture’s impact on higher education and what it’s like to experience it firsthand
  • The drivers behind efforts to suppress free speech at universities
  • Why university leadership should do more than adopt free speech policies
  • The undercurrent of censorship in our institutions
  • U.S. Supreme Court’s last term and the overall state of the court

Shapiro is a senior fellow and director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute. Previously, he was executive director and senior lecturer at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Before that, he was a vice president at the Cato Institute and director of Cato's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.