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Free Speech, Political Speech, and Hate Speech on Campus

December 12, 2023

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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10 Garden St.

In today’s fraught political and societal climate, Harvard Radcliffe Institute will host an interdisciplinary panel to discuss the purposes and scope of academic freedom and the legal norms that govern how universities respond to conflict and protest.

The program will integrate concerns about antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other identity-based hatreds—issues that have received increased attention in the context of the ongoing Gaza crisis and attendant campus controversies—into a broader set of questions about the role of institutions of higher education.

Speakers will explore the constitutional and statutory rules that govern universities; how these rules interact with the institutions’ research, teaching, and service missions and codes of conduct; and the line between protected political speech and hate speech.


  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita, New York Law School; past president, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

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Live closed captioning will be available for this webinar. This event is free. All are welcome to attend. 

Knafel Center OR Online on Zoom
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, M 02138

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