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Professors at elite college pen disturbing rejection of free speech, aim to silence debate on campus

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Wellesley College from a distance. (Yowlong/Flicker's Creative Commons)

An influential faculty committee at Wellesley College, a prestigious women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts, is calling for the school to stop inviting speakers they say cause students “harm” by presenting their ideas.

In an e-mail sent throughout Wellesley College, Wellesley’s Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity (CERE) says it opposes allowing speakers with “controversial and objectionable beliefs” to speak at the college, even though the committee says it believes free speech “is essential to a liberal arts education.”

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