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Universities must engage and debate with extremists, report says

Publié par Clifford Armion le 18/02/2011

Jeevan Vasagar

"Vice-chancellors should reject demands to ban controversial speakers and "engage with, rather than proscribe" extreme political views on campus, a report from a working group on campus extremism is expected to say.

"The inquiry is also likely to reject suggestions that universities should vet the past affiliations of students or visiting speakers.

"The report, published by Universities UK, the umbrella group for vice-chancellors, is likely to fuel accusations that universities are complacent about radicalisation."

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A source familiar with the report said it would make a robust defence of academic freedom. "We're not talking about 'no platform'. It is better to engage than to proscribe. If you object to someone's views it is best to do it in a confined and legally protected area rather than pushing them to the sidelines."

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"Universities must engage and debate with extremists, report says", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2011. Consulté le 23/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/universities-must-engage-and-debate-with-extremists-report-says