2019 ASSA Fay Gale Lecture

The Two University Freedoms: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech

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.

Venue: Melbourne Law School, Building 106, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Time:    6:00pm for 6:30pm (refreshments provided)
RSVP:   by Tuesday, 3 September 2019
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