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On March 21–23, Emory University will host a conference titled "Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Campus." The conference will examine what academic freedom and free speech mean in the life of higher education institutions today.

The goal of the conference is to generate conversations on ideas, laws, policies, and practices related to academic freedom and free speech on college campuses. It will provide opportunities for faculty, scholars, student affairs professionals and students to interrogate ideas ranging from academic freedom and free speech to safe spaces, and to discuss campus protests and dissent in order to develop practices and policies that promote free speech.

Invited Speakers

Christa Acampora, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, Emory University

Karen Andes, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Emory University

Sigal Ben-Porath, Professor of Education, Philosophy, and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Henry Bayerle, Associate Professor of Classics, Oxford College of Emory University

David Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University

Burt Buchtinec, Captain, Emory University Police Department

Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of American History, Emory University

Dabney Evans, Associate Professor of Global Health, Emory University

Lisa Garvin, Acting Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Life, Emory University

Michele Hempfling, Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Residential Education and Services, Oxford College of Emory University

Jonathan Holloway, Provost, Northwestern University

Frank Lechner, Professor of Sociology, Emory University

Ed Lee III, Senior Director of Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue, Emory University

Nancy Leong, Professor of Law, University of Denver

Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University

Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University

Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Courtnay Oddman, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Emory University

Zach Raetzman, Student, Emory University

Pamela Scully, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Emory University

Julie Seaman, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Emory University

Eric Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law, Georgia State University

Nancy Seideman, Vice President of Academic Communications, Emory University

Stephen Sencer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Emory University

Fred Smith Jr., Associate Professor of Law, Emory University

Michael D. Shutt, Senior Director of Campus Life, Emory University

Alexander Tsesis, Raymond & Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law and Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago

K.C. White, Vice President for Student Affairs, Kennesaw State University

Bobby Woodard, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Auburn University

Alexander “Sasha” Volokh, Associate Professor of Law, Emory University

Conference Fees

  • Emory students, faculty, and staff: Free
  • Non-Emory students: Free
  • General registration: $100
  • Continuing Legal Education (3 Credits): $15


  • Emory University Conference Center, 1615 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, Georgia 30329

→ Registration: here

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