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Feb 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law, Free Speech and the University


Can free speech coexist with an inclusive college environment?

Hardly a week goes by without another controversy over free speech on university campuses. On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side are traditional free speech advocates who charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry.

Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the country’s preeminent constitutional scholars and dean of the University of California, Berkeley’s law school, will share his thoughts on the intersection of the First Amendment and higher education in a talk that will be of interest to students, faculty and campus leaders.

Chemerinsky is the author of ten books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court, published by Viking in 2014, and two books published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman). He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He writes a weekly column for the Sacramento Bee, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.

In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Hosted by UC San Diego Student Affairs, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, and the Law and Society Program, the event is part of the university’s First Amendment education initiative dedicated to upholding the principles of free speech and expression, which aligns with the University of California’s commitment to free speech.

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Feb 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm


Price Center Theater

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Registration is not required for this event.

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Student Affairs


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

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UC San Diego Student Affairs, theOffice for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination, and the Law and Society Program

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Talks and Lectures