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Promoting Freedom of Speech

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What is

Freedom of Expression?

Free expression is the ability to speak one’s thoughts and opinions freely, without penalty or censure by others. 

What We're Thinking About:

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

– Adlai Stevenson, speech in Detroit, October 7, 1952

Think Again is an exciting initiative at UVA that seeks to help students thrive by promoting critical thinking, freedom of expression, intellectual humility, and viewpoint diversity. You can learn more about our mission HERE. If you’d like to learn more about our four pillars, check out our Free Speech Resources for the best essays, videos, webinars, and podcasts. We’ll continue to add great content to these pages, so please check back. We are focused on student-facing events that promote open inquiry and viewpoint diversity on Grounds — through partnerships with national organizations that promote student interaction, town-hall style debates, and low-stakes discussions that involve free food and fun prizes. The more UVA students can engage in civil, thoughtful conversations about the issues of the day, the better equipped our next generation of Americans will be to lead our democracy. You can learn more about our upcoming and past events HERE. You can also follow us on social media — we’re most often on X at ThinkAgainUVA — by clicking the “follow” buttons below. Along with Prof. Cary’s blog, you can stay up to date with the latest debates in higher education on such issues as free speech rankings, institutional neutrality, viewpoint diversity, and other current events both here at UVA and at colleges across the nation. Please join us at our Think Again events on Grounds this year at UVA — and if you have ideas for speakers, webinars, and events, please email us. We’d love to hear from you.

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