The Woke Debate in Academia— What Could Take Us Further?

  • Carel Stolker Leiden University
Keywords: Woke, freedom of speech, academic freedom, scientific debate, decolonization of the curriculum, no-platforming


The current woke debate has the potential to cause a rift in our university communities. What can we do to avoid that, and how can we make sure that the debate makes us stronger as a community, instead of weaker? This article presents a few suggestions from a former university president.

Author Biography

Carel Stolker, Leiden University

Carel Stolker is a legal scholar. Until 8 February 2021, he was Rector Magnificus and president of Leiden University. The ideas expressed in this article are his personal views. Email:

How to Cite
Stolker, C. (2022). The Woke Debate in Academia— What Could Take Us Further?. International Higher Education, (110), 3-4. Retrieved from