Why students really called for prof Camille Paglia’s firing — and why UArts won’t do that

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Camille Paglia in São Paulo in 2015. (Greg Salibian via Wikimedia Commons)

Camille Paglia in São Paulo in 2015. (Greg Salibian via Wikimedia Commons)

A recent student protest against University of the Arts professor Camille Paglia — long known for her controversial views on gender and sexuality issues — began online. Eventually, it led to a public demonstration and a petition calling for Paglia’s firing. On this episode of The Why, WHYY’s Alex Stern explains why the conflict escalated and why what happened at UArts reflects the larger debate about free speech on campus.

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