2019 Fay Gale Lecture - The Two University Freedoms

freedom of speech

Date & Time

August 30, 2019



Ingkarni Wardli, 7th Floor Conference Room, Fay Gale Centre for Research in Gender, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005

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Two concepts are much bandied about in contemporary public debate about universities: Academic freedom and freedom of speech.  Almost everyone agrees that they are very important but opinions differ wildly as to what these two freedoms require. In this lecture, Professor Stone argues that two freedoms are quite distinct: Academic freedom springs from the university’s mission to advance and disseminate knowledge whereas freedom of speech is important because universities are also institutions of civil society.

Professor Stone argues for the primacy of the university’s teaching and research mission. Teaching and research are ordinarily enhanced by a strong and vibrant public debate and culture of freedom of speech. However, where freedom of speech undermines or disregards academic standards and values, freedom of speech should give way.


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