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Keith Whittington: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Keith Whittington, professor of politics at Princeton University, speaks on the topic of his new book, Speak Freely. He argues that universities must protect and encourage free speech because vigorous free speech is the lifeblood of the university. Without free speech, a university cannot fulfill its most basic, fundamental, and essential purposes, including fostering freedom of thought, ideological diversity, and tolerance.

April 20th at 5:00pm: public lecture by Keith Whittington in the Diermeier Room in Grainger Hall.

April 21st from 9:30am to 11:30am: panel discussion in the Lubar Commons in the Law Building.

  • Donald Downs, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, speaks on the heckler’s veto
  • Howard Schweber, Professor of Political Science, speaks on free speech and academic freedom
  • Anuj Desai, Voss Bascom Professor of Law, speaks on free speech and institutional mission
  • Keith Whittington responds to the panelists


April 20, 2018
April 21, 2018
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