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Justice Department Forum on Free Speech in Higher Education

Monday September 2018


Jeff Sessions U.S. Attorney General
Heather Mac Donald Thomas W. Smith Fellow
Contributing Editor, City Journal



Editor's note: On September 17, Heather Mac Donald joined the U.S. Justice Department's “Forum on Free Speech in Higher Education.” Opening remarks were delivered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

From the Justice Department:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver remarks at the Justice Department's Forum on Free Speech in Higher Education on Monday, September 17, 2018. The Forum will bring together DOJ officials, congressional leaders, constitutional law scholars, academics, and prominent public intellectuals to engage in a discussion on First Amendment issues. It will feature two panel sessions, a conversation between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and a keynote address by Nadine Strossen, former President of the ACLU.  

Introduction and Remarks

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division

Session I:    Free Speech and Campus Culture 

  • Moderator: John Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division
  • Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute & Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • Robert Shibley, Executive Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Lee Tyner, General Counsel, Texas Christian University
  • Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Session II:  The Path Forward

  • Moderator: Katie Benner, New York Times
  • Emily M. Dickens, Corporate Secretary & Chief of Staff, Society for Human Resource Management (formerly Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations, University of North Carolina System) 
  • Heather Heying, Author, Evolutionary Biologist, Professor in Exile (formerly Professor at Evergreen State College)
  • Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life, University of Notre Dame
  • Amy Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Session III: A Conversation on the Congressional View

  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 
  • Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) 

Keynote Address

  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School & Former President, American Civil Liberties Union