Why I’m teaching free speech to Cambridge students

Damian Whitworth
The Times
3 November 2022

In a wood-panelled room in one of the oldest colleges at the University of Cambridge a professor with a growing reputation for stirring up academic hornets’ nests is launching an experiment.

Arif Ahmed, a professor of philosophy, is so concerned that students are more interested in cancelling each other (and visiting speakers) than engaging in civil debate, he is running training sessions on free speech.

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