Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

Monday, April 9, 2018, 4:30 pm

Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University; 

Respondent: Nicholas Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School

Universities have a distinctive and important mission in American society. They assemble and nurture an open and diverse community of scholars, teachers and students dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge. The robust protection of free speech and civil discourse is essential to that mission.  Better understanding the relationship between the critical functions of the university and the principles of free speech can help guide us in resolving the difficult challenges that confront the members of modern universities.

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. 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.


Bowen Hall 222