“Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of our Time”: Geoffrey Stone to speak at UNC Greensboro this week
Greensboro, NC. Geoffrey Stone, who is known as America’s foremost authority on campus free speech will speak at UNC Greensboro this week. His talk is titled “Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of our Time.”
The talk will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public, and parking will be provided via free exit from the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck.
In recent years, American colleges and universities have experienced a series of often quite serious challenges to the fundamental principles of academic freedom and free expression, as speakers have been disinvited, events have been disrupted, in some instances even by physical attacks. In this talk, Professor Stone will trace the history of academic freedom in our nation, explore some of the reasons for the recent controversies, present an approach to these issues, and suggest avenues to explore going forward.
Geoffrey Stone is Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law and former Provost of the University of Chicago, and former Dean of its School of Law. He headed Chicago’s task force on Campus Free Speech, which authored the widely influential Chicago Statement on Freedom of Expression (2015).
Among his books on constitutional law are “Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty and Justice;” “Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark;” “Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime;” and “Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era.”
The event is part of the campus-wide series “The 60s: Exploring the Limits.” UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network has invited Stone to speak. He is expected to discuss the history of academic freedom, some current controversies, and ideas and approaches for the present and the future.