ON-Lion Letter

On March 11 and 12, the University of Wisconsin's Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy (CSLD) will sponsor a major conference at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wis., about "Free Speech on Campus:  Old Challenges, New Threats."

Jonathan Rauch's keynote address will be "In Defense of Prejudice:  Why Free Speech Is the Only Safe Space for Minorities."  Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Kindly Inquisitors:  The New Attacks on Free Thought.

Donald Downs' concluding remarks will be about "Freedom of Thought on Campus:  1985 to the Present and Beyond."  Downs is an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin.  The entire conference is meant to celebrate his long career tirelessly defending free speech on campus.

It will also explore the continuing centrality of the First Amendment in our modern democratic age.  Panels will discuss speech codes and other challenges to campus free speech, as well as First Amendment theory.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CSLD.

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