A rich tradition of preserving free speech
From politicians ranging from Teddy Roosevelt to Ralph Nader to Barack Obama, civil rights leaders like Yolanda King and Benjamin Hooks, and authors including Maya Angelou and Salman Rushdie, IU’s campus is no stranger to speakers and visitors with a wide range of viewpoints, beliefs and experiences.
As a public university founded on the principles of broad-minded thinking, strong leadership and community building, Indiana University has long welcomed the varying viewpoints of students, faculty and staff as well as guests on campus. On the eve of the university’s bicentennial in 2020, this forward and open thinking continues. With open discussion and learning from the perspectives of others comes growth and the continuation of the ideals upon which our university began.