Free Speech on Campus: Where Should Universities Draw the Line?

Monday, March 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Free 1787 Society Members
$10 Members
$10 Teachers & Students
$18 Non-Members
$70 CLE Members
$75 CLE Non-Members

What are the key challenges facing universities today in supporting free expression on campus? Join three back-to-back panels exploring current debates about the First Amendment on campus. University presidents, professors, and student advocates will address such topics as the heckler’s veto and related challenges involving campus disruption and violence, possible tensions between protecting free expression and promoting inclusion and diversity, the complicated relationship between academic freedom and free speech on campus, and more.

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.: Panel 1, Professors & Free Speech
Professors Cary Nelson of the University of Illinois, Anita Bernstein of Brooklyn Law School, and Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, discuss how they balance free speech and inclusion interests in the classroom, and the impact of academic freedom policies on professor speech. Sheldon Gilbert, vice president for content and development and senior fellow for constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

7:15 – 8:00 p.m.: Panel 2, Administrators & Free Speech
Dean Ted Ruger of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, President Tom Sullivan of the University of Vermont, President Ken Gormley of Duquesne University, and President Julie Wollman of Widener University, examine how they balance free speech and inclusion interests on campus. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Panel 3, Student Advocates & Free Speech
Samantha Harris of the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, Nicki Neily of Speech First, and Michele Rovinsky-Mayer of Drexel University explore how students are affected by university speech policies. Mark Yudof, former president of the University of California and professor of law emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, moderates.

This program is presented in partnership with the Academic Engagement Network. 

This program is available for 2.0 substantive CLE credits. The National Constitution Center regularly applies for and receives CLE credit in PA, CA, NY, IL, TX, and DE for live events. Credit is also available in AK, AZ, CO, CT, NH, and NJ. All other U.S. jurisdictions allow attorneys to self-apply for credit for live events held outside their state.

Watch this America’s Town Hall program live at constitutioncenter.org/live.

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