Davis, Markert, Nickerson Academic Freedom Lectures


Robert M. O’Neil
Professor of Law and Founding Director
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
University of Virginia

“Inaugural Lecture”


Lee C. Bollinger
Dean and Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School

“The Open-Minded Soldier and the University”


Catharine R. Stimpson
University Professor and Dean of the Graduate School
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“Dirty Minds, Dirty Bodies, Clean Speech”


Walter P. Metzger (1922-2016)
Emeritus Professor of History
Columbia University

“A Walk Along the New Frontiers of Academic Freedom”


Linda Ray Pratt
Emeritus Professor of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Past-President, AAUP

“Academic Freedom and the Merits of Uncertainty”


Avern Cohn
United States District Judge
Eastern District of Michigan

“Academic Freedom: A Trial Judge’s View”


Roger Wood Wilkins
Clarence J. Robinson Professor of
History and American Culture
George Mason University

” Opportunity and Academic Integrity”


Eugene L. Roberts, Jr.
Professor of Journalism
University of Maryland – College Park

” Free Speech, Free Press: Free Society”


David A. Hollinger
Chancellor’s Professor of History
University of California at Berkeley

“Universities and Cosmopolitanism”


Anthony Lewis (1927-2013)
The New York Times

“Freedom: The Seamless Web”


Vartan Gregorian
Carnegie Corporation of New York

“Universities in the Twenty-First Century: Perils, Challenges, and Prospects”


Catharine A. MacKinnon
Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School

“From Powerlessness to Power: The Uses of Academic Freedom”


David D. Cole
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

“Freedom and Terror: September 11th and the 21st Century Challenge”


Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Illegal but Legitimate: A Dubious Doctrine for the Times”


Floyd Abrams
William J. Brennan, Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Law
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Partner, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel

“Whose Academic Freedom? “


Bill Keller
Executive Editor, The New York Times (2001-2003, 2011-2014)

“Editors in Chains:
Secrets, Security and the Press”


Nadine Strossen
President, American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008)
Professor of Law, New York Law School

“Defending Freedom:
Even for Thoughts We Hate”


Cass R. Sunstein
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

“My University.com; My Government.com:
Is the Internet Really a Blessing for Democracy”


Philip Hamburger
Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law
Columbia University Law School

“Galileo’s Ghost: 17th Century Censorship
in 21st Century America”


Michael A. Olivas
William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law
Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance
University of Houston Law Center

“God, Grades, and Sex:
The Developing Law of the College Classroom “


Ellen W. Schrecker
Professor of History
Yeshiva University

“The Lost Soul of Higher Education:
Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom,
and the End of the American University”


Robert C. Post
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law
Yale Law School

“The Constitutional Meaning of Academic Freedom”


Marjorie Heins
Founding Director
Free Expression Policy Project

“Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court,
Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge”


Douglas Laycock
Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia School of Law

“Religious Liberty and the Culture Wars”


Natalie Zemon Davis
Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita
Princeton, University
Adjunct Professor of History and Medieval Studies
Senior Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Literature
University of Toronto

“Experiencing Exclusion: Scholarship in the Wake of Inquisition “

Joan Wallach Scott
Professor Emerita
School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study
Adjunct Professor of History
Graduate Center
City University of New York

“Civility and Academic Freedom”


Marc Rotenberg

President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

“The Misunderstood Right to Be Forgotten: The Future of Free Expression and Privacy in the Online World”


Michael Mann

 Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

“The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump”


Gene Nichol

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.

Academic Freedom, New Politics, Old School Censorship, and Meaningful Constitutional Review”