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“Louise Richardson, Oxford’s vice-chancellor, told students had to ‘understand the true nature of freedom of inquiry and expression.’ Oxford University installed its first female vice-chancellor this week, Louise Richardson, who boldly stressed the importance of free speech and critical thinking at university amid roiling student protests. Addressing students for the first time in her new role, Richardson urged them to be open-minded and tolerant; and to engage in debate rather than censorship, alluding to countless calls from students at Oxford and other universities across the U.K. to ban potentially offensive speakers and rename or remove historical monuments.” . . . Oxford University just hired their first female chancellor, and she has a message for the student body: “Grow up!” Ana Kasparian, Becca Frucht, Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), and Elliot Hill (The LipTV) hosts of The Young Turks discuss. (Published on Jan 15, 2016).

The Oxford website for the Social Sciences offers this short bio by way of introduction: ‘Professor Richardson is an internationally renowned scholar of terrorism and security studies, on which she has advised policy makers and others internationally. Her publications include the ground-breaking study: What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy Containing the Threat. Whilst at Harvard she received several honours for the quality of her teaching, including the Joseph R Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, bestowed by Harvard’s undergraduate body in recognition of exceptional teaching. Born in the Republic of Ireland, Professor Richardson holds a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University’. Professor Richardson has led St Andrews for more than six years, combining strong institutional advancement with a distinguished academic career in the study of terrorism and security issues. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2009, Professor Richardson lived and worked in the United States where she was Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University’.[1]

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[1] “Professor Louise Richardson nominated as next Vice-Chancellor” Social Sciences (29 May 2015). http://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/news/professor-louise-richardson-nominated-as-next-vice-chancellor.

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