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Rochester Institute of Technology
Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty

4th Annual Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2017 @ 7pm

The University as a Marketplace of Ideas? The Debate over Free Speech and Fundamental Fairness on Campus

Free and Open to the Public

Have trigger warnings, safe spaces, and prohibitions against a hostile environment compromised free speech and due process on American campuses? What is of paramount importance to a University: the quest for truth or the protection of its members’ emotional security? Should the University, of all places, still guarantee what Justice Holmes described as, “freedom for the thought that we hate”?

With recent incidents such as the violence at UC Berkeley and Orwellian fears about alternative facts making national headlines, RIT's Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty will lead the way in providing a forum for thoughtful examination of these questions.

Former President of the ACLU and Constitutional law expert Nadine Strossen and free speech advocate Alan Charles Kors are coming to RIT on April 4 and 5 to address these issues.

Title IX: Hostile Environment Policies that are Hostile to Free Speech and Due Process


Keynote: Nadine Strossen
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Bldg. 6 Liberal Arts, A205

Nadine Strossen
Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor at New York Law School. She has written, lectured and practiced extensively in constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. From 1991 through 2008, she was President of the American Civil Liberties Union,and she currently serves on the ACLU’s National Advisory Council. Strossen has also served on the Boards of other human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers", and several other national publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women.

No Freedom of Speech, No Higher Education


Keynote: Alan Charles Kors
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Ingle Auditorium

Alan Charles Kors
Alan Charles Kors is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early-modern French intellectual history, and he was editor-in-chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (Oxford University Press). In June 2016, he published two works with the Cambridge University Press: Naturalism and Unbelief in France, 1650-1729 and Epicureans and Atheists in France, 1650-1729. He has won prizes for his college teaching and for the defense of academic freedom. He served six years, confirmed by the US Senate, on the National Council for the Humanities of the National Endowment of the Humanities. In 2005, he received the National Humanities Medal, and, in 2008, the Bradley Prize. He was the co-author of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses and the co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)