Jonathan Zimmerman teaches education and history at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He is the co-author (with Signe Wilkinson) of Free Speech, And Why You Should Give a Damn, which will be published in the spring by City of Light Press.
What motivates Trump followers? Racism? Conservatism? Cruelty? Part of it may be simple disruption. A historian explains.
I don’t want Betsy DeVos telling Princeton what to say about racism. But I also don’t want our universities to squelch discussion.
Why the president threatens free speech more than any of the Republican convention’s bogeymen.
Protests are an important way to initiate change—but not at the expense of creating more victims of injustice.
How Republicans strategically decide which threats to maximize and to minimize.