Freedom of Speech

The Future of Free Speech on Campus

Free speech and open inquiry on campus have been critical components of social change throughout American history. In recent years, college campuses have been forced to examine issues related to campus speech and its far-reaching implications. Administrators seek to find a stable policy that honors the traditions of academic freedom as well as the laws protecting free speech.

This panel will deliberate about these issues and the limits of campus expression.

Co-sponsored by GW Law and The School of Media and Public Affairs.


  • Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate
  • Joyce McConnell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University
  • Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Mark Joseph Stern, Legal Correspondent, Slate


  • Frank Sesno, Director, The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

Media Contact

Media interested in attending should contact Kara Tershel at [email protected].


GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, GW Law was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.

The GW School of Media and Public Affairs is dedicated to the rigorous study of journalism and political communication with a focus on understanding the impact media have on how societies inform and govern, connect and communicate. As media undergo transformational change, SMPA’s goal is to advance both theoretical insight and innovative practice. SMPA conducts groundbreaking research, offers inspiring teaching, encourages hands-on work in the field and in our production facilities and engages directly with thought leaders in Washington, D.C., and around the world.  

GW Law and SMPA