Protect Free Expression at Davidson

Good day,

WHEREAS: Davidson was founded and remains a great institution because of its unflagging commitment to upholding the liberal-arts values of free expression, intellectual diversity, and regard for tradition;

WHEREAS: Those principles are under attack by recent trends in ideology and the administration's failure to address these issues forthrightly, not limited to:

  • Davidson's stunning lack of commitment to free expression as exemplified by its "Red Light" rating on FIRE and its lack of willingness, after repeated approaches by DFTD, to sign the foundational Chicago Principles of Free Expression
  • Davidson's recent turn against its founding Presbyterian heritage in recent "workshops" to eventually remove affiliations with the Presbyterian faith in Board membership and Presidential appointments
  • Davidson's politicization of social media, faculty hiring and tenure processes, and Presidential statements that detract from intellectual discourse and create a chilling effect on campus;

WHEREAS: This petition will provide the necessary alumni and donor firepower that will get the attention of the Board of Trustees and protect Davidson's most important liberal-arts values.

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Davidsonians for Freedom of Thought and Discourse was founded in 2018 in response to a series of events at Davidson that have concerned several alumni and have linked up with the larger political push to squelch free expression and dismantle Davidson’s founding ideals.

The Founding signatories of DFTD include the following distinguished alumni:

John Craig, ’66, Former Chair of the Davidson Alumni Board
Rep. Gregory Murphy, ’85, Former Davidson Trustee
Pat Bryant, ’85
Connie Beuhler, ’82
Robert R Murray III, ’78
Michael Peskosky, ’78
Thomas C. Bode, ’79