In his Assembly Series lecture, David French will discuss his growing concern that political correctness is hampering free speech on college campuses, which he believes is not only a threat to democracy and the First Amendment, but is doing college students no favors by treating them as fragile “snowflakes,” a term used to characterize today’s young adults as being too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own.
French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, an attorney specializing in constitutional law and the law of armed conflict, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In addition to his National Review columns, he has authored or co-authored several books, including The New York Times bestseller, “Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore.”
Throughout his career, French, who holds a law degree from Harvard University, has held many leadership positions in national organizations, most notably as past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He has served as senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice as well as for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
A former major in the United States Army Reserve (IRR) French was deployed to Iraq and served in Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.