Nadine Strossen to Discuss Free Speech at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 11, 2019—Williams College presents Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and author of the 2018 book Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, for a conversation on free speech. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Goodrich Hall.

Moderated by Williams College senior Landon Marchant ’20, the event will include an interview with Strossen as well as a panel discussion with Chair of Philosophy and Morris Professor of Rhetoric Jana Sawicki, and Williams sophomores Hamza Mankor ’22 and Essence Perry ’22. The discussion will explore the college’s Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion’s 2019 report that proposed ways to support a climate of inclusive freedom at Williams, and student perspectives on free speech at the college.

Strossen has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. She is currently a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy.

Her book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, has been widely praised by ideologically diverse experts, including renowned Harvard professor Cornel West and Princeton professor Robert George. It was selected by Washington University as its 2019 “Common Read.”  Strossen’s earlier book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights, was named by The New York Times as a “Notable Book” of 1995.

This event is sponsored by the Gaudino Fund and Phi Beta Kappa.


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