Speak Freely: Lessons from Middlebury and Evergreen State

September 14, 2018
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Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College; Heather E. Heying, Professor in Exile, formerly of Evergreen State College; Allison Stanger, Russell J. Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College;  Bret Weinstein, Professor in Exile, formerly of Evergreen State College; moderated by Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University, Author of the 2018 Princeton Pre-Read, Speak Freely. 

Keegan Callanan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, where he has teaching responsibilities in the history of political philosophy and contemporary political theory.  His primary research is in modern political thought, and he is the author of a book on the political philosophy of Montesquieu titled Montesquieu’s Liberalism and the Problem of Universal Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018).  His work has appeared in journals such as History of Political Thought and Political Research Quarterly. Prior to his appointment at Middlebury, he taught at the University of Virginia as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics. He was a 2017-18 Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.  

Heather Heying is a scientist and an educator. She was a professor of evolutionary biology at The Evergreen State College for 15 years, where she provided undergraduates an evolutionary toolkit with which to understand how to be critical, engaged citizens of the world, in part through exploring remote sites in the neotropics. She has researched the evolution of social systems in organisms ranging from poison frogs to humans. She writes and speaks on the evolution of sex, relationship, and consciousness; philosophy of science; and education. She is the author of Antipode: Seasons with the Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar. Dr. Heying received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruzand her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor​.

Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics and founding director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College. She is the author of One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy and the forthcoming Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Leaks: The Story of Whistleblowing in America, both with Yale University Press. She is working on a new book tentatively titled Consumers vs. Citizens: How the Internet Revolution is Remaking Global Security and Democracy’s Public Square. Professor Stanger has published opinion pieces in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyFinancial TimesInternational Herald TribuneNew York TimesUSA TodayU.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post and has testified before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional Oversight Panel, the Senate HELP Committee, and the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. She is currently a Scholar in Residence in the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America and External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. She wrote March and April 2017 opinion pieces in the New York Times titled “Understanding the Angry Mob at Middlebury That Gave Me a Concussion,” and “Middlebury, My Divided Campus.” 

Bret Weinstein has spent two decades advancing the field of evolutionary biology. He has developed a new Darwinian framework based on design trade-offs and made important discoveries regarding the evolution of cancer, senescence and the adaptive significance of moral self-sacrifice. He is currently working to uncover the evolutionary meaning of large scale patterns in human history and applying evolutionary insight in the quest to prototype a liberating, sustainable anti-fragile governance structure for humanity’s next phase. He received his B.A. with Honors in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. in Biology in 2009 from the University of Michigan.

Keith E. Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author, most recently, of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, which was selected by President Christopher L. Eisgruber as Princeton University’s 2018 Pre-Read. His other books include Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in law and courts and the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history, and the co-authored casebook, American Constitutionalism, which won an award for innovative instructional materials in law and courts. He received a B.A. and B.B.A. from the University of Texas and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.


Speak Freely: Lessons from Middlebury and Evergreen State


Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Photo Album:

  • Allison Stanger and Keegan Callanan
  • Keegan Callanan
  • Bret Weinstein