Let freedom be cherished that learning may flourish.

Welcome to Davidsonians for Freedom of Thought and Discourse.

DFTD's mission is promoting free speech and expression, open debate, viewpoint diversity,
and ideological balance at Davidson College.


The free-speech recession must be resisted by people around the world who have benefited from the revolutionary acts and sacrifices of the millions who came before them and fought for the cherished right to speak one’s mind. It is up to those who already enjoy that right to defend the tolerance of heretical ideas, limit the reach of disinformation, agree to disagree without resorting to harassment or hate, and treat free speech as a principle to be upheld universally rather than a prop to be selectively invoked for narrow, tribalistic point-scoring. 

Jacob Mchangama, “The War on Free Speech,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2022