In recent years, colleges and universities across the nation have experienced growing conflicts over the meaning of limits of academic freedom and of the right of free expression. These conflicts pose a serious challenge to the core mission of our nation's institutions of higher learning. In this lecture, Professor Geoffrey R. Stone will explore the reasons for these conflicts and will offer thoughts on how colleges and universities should respond to them. Stone chaired the University of Chicago’s Committee on Freedom of Expression, whose statement on freedom of expression has since been embraced by other colleges and universities, and was endorsed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as a model for faculty and student speech protection on campus.
Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Stone received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After serving as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1973. He has served as Dean of the University of Chicago Law School (1987-1994) and Provost of the University of Chicago (1994-2002). He currently serves as Director of the University of Chicago’s Frank M. Stanton Program on Academic Freedom.
Stone is the author or co-author of many books on constitutional law, including Eternally Vigilant, Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark and Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, which received eight national book awards. He is currently completing a new book, Sex and the Constitution, which will be published in March of 2017. Stone is chief editor of a twenty-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which is being published by the Oxford University Press. He is an editor of the Supreme Court Review, co-author of one of the nation’s leading Constitutional Law casebooks, a former chair of the Board of the American Constitution Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Law Institute, and the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union.
This lecture is part of Free Speech in a Dangerous World, a yearlong series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the series examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom, and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.
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