How Our Universities Have Betrayed Our Core Constitutional Values - and What We Can Do About It
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Stuart Taylor, Jr. '70, Author; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
The evidence that American universities are doing grave damage to our constitutional values -- largely disregarded by the public -- is sitting in plain view. Censorship of views disliked by the leftists who dominate many faculties and by the loudest student activists is pervasive and growing. Meanwhile, the movement to combat sexual assault has been perverted to eviscerate due process and the presumption of innocence for accused students. The future will be bleak unless moderates mobilize to turn the tide.
This very special annual lecture celebrates the work of the late Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, Princeton University, and his dedication to excellence in the study of American and comparative constitutional law theory. A decade after joining the Princeton faculty, Professor Murphy was named the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, succeeding Woodrow Wilson, Edward S. Corwin, and Alpheus T. Mason in one of the Nation's most prestigious Chairs.
Stuart Taylor, Jr. is an author and freelance journalist focusing on legal and policy issues. He has coauthored two critically acclaimed books, has a third coming out in January, and has written for leading publications since 1980, including The New York Times, American Lawyer Media, National Journal,Newsweek, and many other newspapers and magazines. He has been interviewed on all major broadcast networks and has won numerous journalism honors. In 2012, Richard Sander and Taylor wrote Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It. In 2007, Taylor and KC Johnson wrote Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Fraud. Their forthcoming book is about the campus sexual assault panic. Taylor graduated from Princeton in 1970 and Harvard Law School in 1977. He practiced at a Washington, D.C law firm from 1978-1980.
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