Race and Freedom of Expression

Featuring: Randall Kennedy, Nadine Strossen

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

  • Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)
Randall Kennedy
Nadine Strossen

Event Details:

Proponents of racial justice and freedom of expression often march in solidarity—both camps condemn, for example, the current campaign to muzzle “critical race theory,” but sometimes these camps have been adversaries. On college campuses across the nation there is considerable friction between demands for racial dignity and decency and demands for uninhibited expression. Randall Kennedy, in conversation with Nadine Strossen, discusses the relationship between efforts to secure racial justice and efforts to secure freedom of expression.

Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is the author of Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture. Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita, at New York Law School, served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991–2008. She is the author of HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship.

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Buy the book! Pick up copies of related titles at the NYHistory Store:

Randall Kennedy, Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture
Nadine Strossen, HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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