Award presented to defender of free speech on campus; will be given at The Steamboat Institute’s 10th Annual Freedom Conference and Festival
The Steamboat Institute is pleased to announce that University of Maryland President Wallace Loh has received the Steamboat Institute’s Courage in Education award for 2018. President Loh has been a staunch defender of free speech on campus throughout his career. This year, he gave an impassioned and articulate defense of the Steamboat Institute’s Campus Liberty Tour, which protesters wanted canceled because they disagreed with its message.
In 2018, following the recommendation of the university’s Joint President/Senate Inclusion and Respect Task Force, President Loh approved the adoption of a university-wide Statement on Free Speech Values
The Courage in Education award will be presented at The Steamboat Institute’s 10th Annual Freedom Conference & Festival on August 10th and 11th
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. Read President Loh’s biography HERE
“I’m honored by the Steamboat Institute’s recognition,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Freedom of expression has always been, and must always remain, the bedrock of higher education. As educators, our job is to prepare students to be responsible citizens, who know how to live rightly in a free society. We fulfill this obligation not by shielding students from the diversity of ideas, but by preparing them to engage with intellectual diversity.”
“It is inspiring to work at University of Maryland with President Loh at the helm,” said Rajshree Agarwal, Director, The Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at The University of Maryland. “Regardless of pressures, President Loh upholds the twin pillars of academic freedom and academic integrity: the freedom to create and disseminate knowledge, while holding firm to the principles and norms of science.”
“The Steamboat Institute is honored to present University of Maryland President Wallace Loh with our Courage in Education award for 2018,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Chairman and CEO of the Steamboat Institute. “His longstanding defense of free speech on campus, including of the Steamboat Institute’s Campus Liberty Tour, has allowed his students to fully engage in the university experience of learning how to think, not what to think.”
Previous recipients of the Steamboat Institute’s Courage in Education award include Brandon Van Dyck, professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College, and Bruce Benson, president of the University of Colorado.