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Greg to Give Constitution Day Lecture at Brown: ‘Should Free Speech be Limited on College Campuses?’ [UPDATED]

By September 12, 2016

Update (September 13, 2016): This event is now waitlisted. Sign up soon to be added to the list for seats that may become available.


FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff will be at Brown University this Thursday, September 15, to discuss the state of free speech on campus.

The event, “Should Free Speech be Limited on College Campuses?,” will be held at Brown’s Smith-Buonanno Hall from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, and is free and open to the public. If you’ll be in Providence, you can sign up now to ensure your spot.

Presenting opposite Greg will be Stanley Fish, the Floersheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and author of a number of books, including There’s No Such Thing As Free Speech, and it’s a Good Thing, Too.

Brown’s Political Theory Project, which encourages students to engage with diverse viewpoints, will host the event as part of the project’s student-focused Janus Forum Lecture Series. The lecture series provides audience members “a unique learning opportunity” to hear from experts with opposing viewpoints on an issue.

The topic of campus speech is particularly timely at Brown. Just last week, Brown President Christina Paxson penned an op-ed in The Washington Post declaring the university “[a] safe space for freedom of expression.” FIRE has reported extensively over the years on Brown policies that chill campus speech.

Thursday’s lecture is the latest in what has become an annual tradition of Constitution Day Lectures at Brown. Past discussions in the series have focused on the Sixth Amendment (2015), campaign finance reform (2014), and affirmative action (2013).

If you’d like to attend, event registration is still open. Reserve your spot today!

Schools: Brown University