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Symposium 2020: Free Speech in the United States and at Dalton: Breakout Sessions

Session #1: Citizens United and the "Money as Speech" Debate

Speaker:  Allen Dickerson

Topic:  To what extent does speech remain 'free' when issued by a corporate entity?

Room:  13th floor


Summary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (

 "After Citizens United, a Vicious Cycle of Corruption" by Thomas B. Edsall (The New York Times, December 6, 2018)

"It's Time for Liberals to Get Over Citizens United" by Scott Castleton (Vox, May 7, 2018)

Session #2: Copyright vs. Freedom of Expression

Speaker:  Landis Best

Topic:  When copyright conflicts with freedom of expression, what happens next?

Room:  4th floor library


"Can You Copyright a Dream?: How the Martin Luther King Estate Controls the National Hero's Image" by Jonathan Band (Politico Magazine, January 12, 2015)

"King Estate and CBS Settle Suit Over Rights to Famous Speech" by David Firestone (The New York Times, July 14, 2000)

Session #3: Hate Speech at Public Universities

Speaker:  Jamal Greene

Topic:  Should a public university be able to cancel a talk by a racist speaker because students find the speaker's views objectionable?  Should a public safety rationale for canceling a speaker require a threat of imminent violence?

Room:  14th floor

"Legal Grounds to Turn Away White Supremacist Speakers" by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf (Inside Higher Ed, 2017)

"Milo Yiannopoulos Spoke at Berkeley. But the Protesters Were Louder" by Katy Steinmetz (Time, September 25, 2017)

Session #4: The "Academic Freedom" Debate at Private Universities

Speaker:  Frederick M. Lawrence

Topic:  To what extent should a private school take upon itself the constitutional protections for expression set out in the First Amendment?

Room:  Martin Theater

Reading:   "The Contours of Free Expression on Campus: Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility" by Frederick M. Lawrence (Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2017)