ON-Lion Letter

Harvey A. Silverglate received the Manhattan Institute’s 2016 Alexander Hamilton Award at a gala dinner in New York in May.  Bruce Kovner, the founder of CAM Capital and chair of the board of trustees at The Julliard School, also received this year's award.  

The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a leading free-market think tank focusing on economic growth, education, energy, environment, health care, legal reform, public sector, race, and urban policy.  MI’s annual award recognizes individuals who embody Alexander Hamilton's dedication to commerce and civic life, and who have helped to foster the revitalization of America's cities.

Silverglate is an attorney, author, and activist whose career spans four decades.  His civil-liberties practice focuses on First Amendment issues.  He is co-author of The Shadow University:  The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses, with Bradley Prize recipient Alan Charles Kors, and author of Three Felonies a Day:  How the Feds Target the Innocent.  The latter is published by Encounter Books.

Following the success of his first book, Silverglate co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) with University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors in 1999.  FIRE is dedicated to preserving and enlarging academic freedom, due process, and the freedoms of speech and conscience on American college campuses.  In addition to defending individual students and faculty members, FIRE works to empower campus activists, reform restrictive policies, and inform the public about the state of rights at the nation's colleges and universities. 

"I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of an award for service on behalf of free speech and due process, both on and off campus, than FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate,” said FIRE's president and chief executive officer, Greg Lukianoff.

"Harvey's influence permeates every aspect of FIRE's work," Lukianoff said, "from our attention to detail, to our commitment to rights that transcend political labels or concerns, to our insistence that in order for basic liberties to survive, legal remedies are essential but not sufficient.  We all agree with Harvey that we must transform the culture into one that values genuine diversity of opinion and the most robust protections of freedom of speech, fair process and procedures, and freedom of conscience."

Video of the event is available online

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Manhattan Institute, FIRE, and Encounter Books.

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