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Jordan chairs college free speech hearing with Adam Carolla, Ben Shapiro

July 27, 2017

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) chaired a joint subcommittee hearing today examining free speech on college campuses.

Featured witnesses at the hearing included comedian Adam Carolla and commentator Ben Shapiro, who testified about their first-hand experiences being the targets of activists on college campuses. They testified with law professor Nadine Strossen, college administrator Dr. Michael Zimmerman, and Fred Lawrence with the Anti-Defamation League, about the increasingly alarming attacks on the First Amendment by faculty, administrations, and students alike on college campuses around the country.

During the hearing Rep. Jordan said:

"College is a place for young minds to be intellectually bombarded with new, challenging ideas. Unfortunately, today on many campuses, students and faculty are forced into self-censorship out of a fear of triggering, violating a safe space, a micro-aggression, or being targeted by a bias response team. Restricting speech that does not conform to popular opinion contradicts the First Amendment's principles and the right to speak freely."

READ Rep. Jordan's op-ed in The Daily Signal about college free speech issues:

VIDEO of Rep. Jordan's opening statement:

WATCH the full Joint House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing entitled, "Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses" here:

For more information, visit the hearing's webpage: