Geoffrey R. Stone Presents 'Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of our Times'

In recent years, American colleges and universities have suffered through often bitter conflicts over the principle of free expression. Join Professor Geoffrey R. Stone on Monday, April 2 for "Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of our Times."  Stone, who authored the University of Chicago's statement of principles on free expression, will discuss the appropriate limits on free speech in institutions of higher learning.

From a radio interview on the 1A WAMU 88.5, on April 25, 2017, Stone said, "The central mission of a college and university is to provide a forum for ideas to be expressed, to be debated, to be discussed in order to both expand knowledge, to create new ideas and to test what we think is true. To find out whether in fact what we believe to be true, really is true. For that reason, academic freedom is a central part of the mission of colleges and universities, and that means those institutions should fully respect the rights of students, faculty members and invited speakers to express their views regardless of the extent to which they may be offensive, problematic or disturbing to others."

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He has served as dean of the University of Chicago Law School and as provost of the University of Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading scholars on the First Amendment and he is the author of many books on constitutional law. His most recent work, "Sex and the Constitution" (2017) deals with the history sex, religion, law and constitutional law. Among his many other books on constitutional law, "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime" received eight national book awards. His other books include "War and Liberty: An American Dilemma," "Top Secret: When Government Keeps Us in the Dark," "Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modem Era," and multiple editions of casebooks on both Constitutional Law and The First Amendment.

This event is another in the “Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society” series sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and co-sponsored by the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University. This discussion will be held at the University Club on the Tempe campus, followed by a reception from 6:15-7 p.m. Parking will be available in the Fulton Center Parking Structure for $3 per hour.

Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE) is available with this event. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility. CLE participants should register here.

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School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Melissa Castle-Kirincic
Apr 2 2018 - 5:00pm
University Club
Tempe campus