Free Speech Dialogues


I want to let you know about a continuing series on the UT campus –Free Speech Dialogues – and its next event: a panel discussion on Freedom of Academic Speech.

Please help get the word out by advertising this event to your contacts and to interested students.

è Note: There is a related Essay Contest. First prize is $1500; second prize is $1000; third prize is $700. For more information:

What:    A panel discussion
When:   Tuesday September 29th, 2015 –5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) Room 1.302B
(located on the East Mall near San Jacinto Street)
Cost:      Free and open to the public

Dialogue Panelists:
Robert O’Neil – Former President, University of Virginia
Steve Sanders – Professor, Indiana University, College of Law
Amy Gajda – Professor, Tulane University Law School

The format is audience-friendly:  brief presentations by the three guests, followed by about 40 minutes of interview-style dialogue, then a half hour of questions from the floor.

Panel Moderator: David Rabban – Professor, UT Law

Panelists will consider such topics as:
Speech Codes, Trigger Warnings
Civility – appropriate constraint? disguise for silencing?
Scholarly speech and private speech – is there a difference?
Controversial speakers on campus – who should be heard? And who shouldn’t be?
Do digital media change the rules?

Speaker bios and full information about the Free Speech Dialogues can be found at:

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Clair LaVaye at

Thanks very much for helping us get the word out.

Tara Smith
Professor, Philosophy
BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism
Free Speech… Let’s talk about it.