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Silence U: Is the University Killing Free Speech and Open Debate? | We the Internet Documentary

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Published on Jul 14, 2016

Filmmaker Rob Montz visits his alma mater of Brown University to find out what happened to free speech and debate on campus in We the Internet's first mini documentary.

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Listen to a discussion with Rob and current college students and activists on our comedy and debate podcast, Unsafe Space! http://www.unsafespaceshow.com/2017/0...

Since the release of this college free speech documentary, it's been editorialized in USA Today and shared widely. The debate over whether topics like rape culture are too sensitive to debate on campus, or whether the university is the most important place to debate them, continues to rage. At UC Berkeley, protestors shut down the speech of Milo Yiannapoulos - even after the university worked closely with the College Republicans to put on the speech. Is the "heckler's veto" becoming the norm - and is it a valid exercise of free speech, or simply a way of censoring others through mob pressure? The record of Brown activists shutting down speakers like former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, and heavily pressuring Wendy McElroy, a former rape victim who now speaks against the idea of rape culture, leads many to believe the argument that this speech is genuinely harmful is simply hysteria or an excuse for ostracizing legitimate viewpoints and perspectives that are disagreed with.

In "Silence U" we talked to Brown University professor Glenn Loury as well as students and administrators and look at the controversial actions of Brown University president Christina Paxson and professor Tricia Rose. Are they helpful or hurtful? Let us know what you think.

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CREDITS
Director of Photography: Ben Gaskell
Additional Camera: David Paul Malloure, Gus Soudah
Lighting: Ken Perham
Animation: Distant Moon Media
Director, Host: Rob Montz

WTI Credits:
Executive Producers: Maurice Black, Lou Perez, Erin O' Connor, & Rob Pfaltzgraff
Head Writer: Lou Perez
Creative Producer, Marketing: Lana Link
Marketing: Claudia Murray
Associate Producer: Adam Guillette

Interviewees:
Professor Glenn Loury
Liza Cariaga-Lo
Chris Robatham
Wendy McElroy
Rohan Gulati

Archival footage:
Kate Talerico / Brown Daily Herald
Brown University

Music:
Salaam, "What Goes Around"
Bishop Nehru, "77"
Miike Snow, "Animal" (remix)
Scarface, "Guess Who's Back"
Broken Bells, "The Mall and the Misery"

Special Thanks:
Armani Madison
Dani Dichter
Professor Dan D'Amico
Professor Anthony Bogues
Provost Rick Locke

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