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Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance

Jan 14, 2021, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Dr. Donald Downs, Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science Emeritus and affiliate professor of law and journalism emeritus at the University of Wisconsin‐​Madison, will discuss his latest book, Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance, on January 14 from 12PM – 1:30PM.

Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C2LCdHJeTSKoqsPpL6zpIA

Dr. Downs is lead faculty advisor to the Free Speech and Open Inquiry Project of the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C. He has won numerous local and national awards for scholarship, teaching, and activism in support of free speech and academic freedom. His scholarship has dealt with a wide range of issues, including academic freedom and free speech; American politics; political and legal thought and movements; citizenship; campus politics; domestic violence, psychiatry, and the criminal law; and the relationship among the military, the university, and civic education. His most recent books are Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non‐​Military Students (Cambridge University Press, 2012), coauthored with Ilia Murtazashvili; and The Value and Limits of Academic Speech: Philosophical, Political, and Legal Perspectives (Routledge, 2018), coedited with Chris W. Surprenant.


James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal