The Idea of a University

An open letter to Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor, Sydney University. Yesterday’s report that students at your University have been denied access to facilities to show and discuss the Cassie Jay documentary, The Red Pill, is of great concern. When John Henry Newman wrote The Idea of a University in 1852, he envisaged a community in which students were taught "to think and to reason and to compare and to discriminate and to analyse". He was of the view that universities should be free of religious and ideological interference. How things have changed. In their essay, The Coddling of the American Mind, (published in The Atlantic, September 2015 issue), Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt,

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Peter Francis Fenwick       Writer      Melbourne     Australia