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Free Speech Dialogues: About the Series

While nearly everyone on a university campus would profess devotion to free speech, people tend to mean differing things by that term and disagree about the exact contours of speech's proper protection. The Free Speech Dialogues were created in order to generate thoughtful, informed discussion of free speech controversies among students. Each semester, a dialogue presents a panel of three speakers offering varying points on a specific free speech battleground.

Previous Dialogues:

Freedom of Speech and Privacy

  • Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute
  • Marc Rotenberg, President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Fred Cate, Law Professor at Indiana University and Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information
  Artistic Expression and Freedom of Speech
  • Nora Gilbert - University of North Texas
  • Daniel Jacobson - Harvard University
  • Greg Lukianoff - Huffington Post   
  Free Speech and Intellectual Property
  •  Neil Netanel, UCLA Law School
  •  Adam Mossoff, George Mason Law School
  •  Robert Levine, Author

  Press Freedom and the Publication of Government Secrets

  • Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School and the New York Times
  • Jack Shafer, Rueters
  • Michael Kent Curtis, Wake Forest Law School       
  Inflammatory Speech
  • Nadine Strossen, Former President of the ACLU
  • Alexander Tsesis, Loyola University School of Law
  • John Burnett, NPR Correspondent       
   Campaign and Finance Reform
  • Burt Neuborne, NYU School of Law
  • Steve Simpson, Institute for Justice
  • Adam Liptak, Journalist for the New York Times                        

Click here to see Tara Smith discuss the free speech dialogues

Click here to see Tara Smith discuss the value of free speech

Click here to see Tara Smith discuss the value of the dialogues

Some Organizations Devoted to Free Speech

Free Speech... Let's Talk About It.

Professor Tara Smith Chair of the BB&T Study of Objectivism

George Washington, Address to officers of the Army (15 March 1783)"If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." 



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