March 18, 2022 – Free Speech & Peace

Charles Koch Foundation Continues to Raise Concerns Over “Divisive Concept” Policies


As policies targeting open inquiry in higher education proliferate, Charles Koch Foundation executive director Ryan Stowers issued the following statement:

“Americans are understandably concerned by the state of free speech on college campuses. But the surge in state legislatures considering bills to restrict academic freedom and what students and scholars can say in the classroom is the wrong approach and will make matters worse. Public officials should not ban what can be taught or researched at universities, no matter how much one disagrees with the ideas in question.”

These comments reflect and build on the foundation’s long-standing commitment to academic freedom. Learn more here about how we work alongside partners to protect diverse voices and promote collaboration.