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Free Speech, Political Speech, and Hate Speech on Campus

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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.

Finding Right Mix on Campus Speech Policies (Harvard Gazette, 12/14/23)

Free Speech on Campus (Harvard Magazine, 12/13/23)


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

Erica Chenoweth, Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; academic dean for faculty engagement and the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, Harvard Kennedy School; and faculty dean at Pforzheimer House, Harvard College

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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