Circumscribing the Genius Loci: Free Speech Zones in the Heart of Campus
Public space issues have long been discussed in the context of urban settings by geographers. As emancipatory spaces, places like plazas and squares have traditionally served as (potential) stages for the people's voice. Missing from this discussion is treatment of the US college campus and its potential as a space for transformation and politics. The College Green at Ohio University has a long tradition as a social/political forum for the university community, but yet in recent years has been circumscribed by the administration's speech zoning policies. This thesis examines the history of College Green as a contested space and as a place for politics and outlines the different changes in University policy affecting the Green as a stage for social and political interactions from the early 1960s to the post-Kent State era to the present. It is therefore a good case study for the examination of public space/forum on the college campus and a window into discussions about the role of the university in US society.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:public space free speech zones place genius loci
Date of Publication:01/01/2008