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BYU: A beacon of liberal learning?

Published: Tuesday, May 20 2014 8:16 p.m. MDT

A statue of Brigham Young watching over his campus at Brigham Young University on Sept. 3, 2003.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archive

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In an era of student pushback effectively censoring commencement speakers because of their political or social ideals, where can one turn for a more “liberal education”?

Look no further than Brigham Young University, according to The Week’s Damon Linker.

“The combination of crusading moral indignation and hypersensitive self-protectiveness has the potential to stamp out genuine liberalism at some schools,” Linker wrote Tuesday in his article, “Where are the real liberals on campus?”

Linker argues that his time teaching at BYU in the late ’90s was “a clarifying experience” when it comes to understanding a liberal education.

“In some ways, BYU was a profoundly illiberal place,” he says. “And yet I was perfectly free to teach whatever I wanted in the classroom. And I did. I taught large introductory lecture courses in ancient, medieval, and modern political thought, including some of the most radical writings of Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Marx.”

Read the rest of this article at The Week.

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