Institutional Neutrality and the Mission of the University

Nov 11, 2022
Aaron Burr Hall 219 (Livestream available)


Event Description


William Allen, Michigan State University

Paul Clement, Former Solicitor General of the United States

Stanley Katz, Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies

Anna Krylov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California

Nadine Strossen, Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union

R. Shep Melnick, Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College and co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government

Rosemarie Monge, Associate Professor of Ethics and Business Law, St. Thomas University; 2022-23 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow

Richard Shweder, Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development in the Department of Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago

John Tomasi, President, Heterodox Academy

Livestream of the event available at during the public panel times (10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm).

The "Institutional Neutrality and the Mission of the University" conference will consist of two public panels investigating the role and impact of the landmark Kalven Report, followed by a private, closed session where invited scholars will draft a new updated statement on institutional neutrality. Taking into account our contemporary political circumstances, this updated statement will define the critical role of the University in defending free speech.

Panel 1 (10:00-11:30am):  [Open to the public] The Importance of the Kalven Report for Universities and Truth-Seeking

William Allen

R. Shep Melnick

Richard Shweder

Anna Krylov

Stanley Katz

Break (11:30am-1pm)

Panel 2 (1:00-2:30pm): [Open to the public] Legal Implications of the Kalven Report

Nadine Strossen

John Tomasi

Paul Clement

Rosemarie Monge

Break (2:30-3:00pm)

Panel 3 (3:00-4:30): [Private - not open to the public] Closed-door session for invited scholars to craft a new Kalven Report 2.0, “Princeton Statement on Institutional Neutrality”

All invited speakers


Lecture Series
Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression