Truman State University has become this week the latest of a long line of schools to become entangled in an intensifying debate over how students should respond to campus speakers whose views they find objectionable.

In the span of several weeks, protesters at three college campuses — Claremont McKenna College, the University of California, Los Angeles and Middlebury College — have either shut down or severely interrupted speeches by controversial speakers.

Critics view the incidents as an assault on academic freedom, often at the expense of those who espouse conservative views. They point to violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley earlier this year as an example of intolerance among some students.

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