Free speech on campus: A challenge for our time

Coinciding with the presidential inauguration, Pomona College will host a public talk “Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge for Our Time” by former US Supreme Court law clerk Geoffrey R. Stone at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20 at Bridges Hall of Music.

The right to free speech on the nation’s college and university campuses became a hot topic during the 2016 presidential election and continues to be as the new administration takes power. Mr. Stone will explore the reasons for these conflicts and will offer thoughts on how colleges and universities should respond to them.

Mr. Stone chaired the University of Chicago’s Committee on Freedom of Expression, whose statement on freedom of expression has since been embraced by other colleges and universities, and was endorsed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as a model for faculty and student speech protection on campus.

A faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Stone is the former law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and is author of the award-winning book on constitutional law Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime.

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