Academic Freedom in Higher Education: The Role of States Defending Freedom of Thought

2023 Freedom of Thought Conference

What policies and practices can states adopt to encourage freedom of thought within higher
education? Do state efforts to put constraints on curricula, bar DEI-focused administrators,
and limit faculty control of tenure decisions advance or hinder the cause of academic
freedom? When claims to academic freedom collide, whose freedoms should the state

-Mark Bauerlein, Emeritus Professor, Emory University; Editor, First Things

Joe Cohn, Legislative and Policy Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
-Andrew Ferguson, Solicitor General, Commonwealth of Virginia

Prof. John Hasnas, Professor of Business and Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; Professor of Law (by courtesy), Georgetown University Law Center
-Moderator: Hon. S. Kyle Duncan, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.


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