Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and author of the recent book Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship. Moderated by Landon Marchant ’20, this event included an interview with Prof. Strossen and a panel discussion with Professor of Philosophy Jana Sawicki, Hamza Mankor ’22, and Essence Perry ’22 on the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion and student perspectives on free speech at Williams. This event is sponsored by the Gaudino Fund and Phi Beta Kappa.
Professor 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. Professor Strossen is 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 2018 book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, has been widely praised by ideologically diverse experts, including Harvard Professor Cornel West and Princeton Professor Robert George. It was selected by Washington University as its 2019 “Common Read.” Her 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.
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