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FIRE Free Speech Event at National Constitution Center: Announcing the Panelists!

Our event at the National Constitution Center on March 25 is just a few weeks away! We’d like to take a moment to announce the all-star panel we’ve assembled. These panelists and the moderator will be discussing the state of free speech in America and the contours and limits of the First Amendment. Prior to the event, there will be an hour-long reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The entire event is free; you just need to RSVP!


Dr. Stanley Fish is the Floerscheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He has previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Yale Law School, John Marshall Law School, and Duke University. He is the author of over 200 scholarly books and articles and a regular contributor to The New York Times' blog "The Opinionator." He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is the author of six books including the free speech masterpiece, Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought. He is a contributing editor of National Journal and The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Eric Posner is the Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of eight books and many articles on bankruptcy law, contract law, international law, cost-benefit analysis, constitutional law, and administrative law. He has taught courses on international law, foreign relations law, contracts, employment law, bankruptcy law, secured transactions, and game theory and the law. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and co-author of FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on free speech issues, in 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award, and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. He is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School.


Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center. He is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School (where he has taught since 1997), the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of five books, including his most recent as co-author, Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

The reception with cocktails and refreshments will begin at 6 p.m, and the panel discussion will start at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but an RSVP is required. Please contact Pierce Babirak at or 215-717-3473 for questions.


Who: Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School, Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution, Dr. Stanley Fish of the Cardozo School of Law, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, and Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center (moderator).
What: Cocktail reception and free speech panel discussion.
When: March 25, 2014. 6 p.m. reception with cocktails and refreshments. 7 p.m. panel discussion.
Where: National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the NCC parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets.
RSVP: Yes, here.
Contact: Pierce Babirak:; 215-717-3473

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