Freedom of Speech or Freedom from Speech? Defending the Marketplace of Ideas on American College Campuses


Monday, April 25, 2016 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm



American society stands on a historic threshold: fractured by fault lines resting along differences in class, race, gender, and ideologies, frustrations have caused explosions of violence and fueled discussions in a variety of settings, from front porches to the presidential campaign trail. America's college campuses have traditionally been the center for the dispersion of new ideas and the meeting place of differences. As a result, college campuses have, in striving to provide a diverse education, offered considerable freedoms to students with the rights to think, speak, and gather. Today, though, colleges and institutions of higher learning have slowly restricted the freedom of expression for the prevention of some speech that incorrectly draws out our societal differences, while in the process limiting constructive and educational speech that American education has been founded on. As the line grows less clear between justified restriction of hate speech and the unconstitutional curtailing of the right of expression through speech, what is being lost in regards to the tradition of intellectual diversity of thought? 

Join The Federalist Society for a discussion with Mr. Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Professor Dan Klau of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney, and Carpenter, LLP, followed by a Q & A session on the trend of the restriction of free speech and academic freedom on America's college campuses.


Heidi E Schneider


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