Throughout American history, the freedom of speech has allowed oppressed groups and people to speak out about and protest their treatment at times when the majority wished to silence them. Yet today, many people—particularly on college campuses—view free speech as a partisan issue, and argue that the right to free speech must actually be restricted to defend the marginalized and the vulnerable. As part of Agnes Scott College's Ethics Lecture Series, this talk will examine the role of the First Amendment throughout American history and argue that the continued protection of free speech, on campus and elsewhere, is essential to the rights of all people in this country.
Samantha Harris is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's vice president of policy research. She holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constitutional Law. She writes and speaks regularly to legal and non-legal audiences alike about the critical importance of free speech on campus and elsewhere.
The free and open to the public lecture will be held in the Letitia Pate Evans Dining Hall, Rooms ABC. Complimentary parking is available in the college's West Parking Deck located on S. McDonough St. This talk is hosted by Agnes Scott's Ethics Program and sponsored by the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund.