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Berkeley Law Dean to speak at Drake's Constitution Day

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, will discuss the issue of free speech on campus at this year’s Drake Constitution Day. The 2017 Constitution Day Lecture will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Cartwright Hall, room 213.

Sponsored by the Drake Constitutional Law Center, one of only four constitutional law programs established by the U.S. Congress and funded by the federal government, the Constitution Day Lecture is held each year to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The event is free and open to the public.

The issue of free speech on college campuses has been a topic of national discussion in recent years. Colleges are under pressure to censor hateful and bullying expression and to protect students by ensuring an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other hand, some claim these efforts coddle students and threaten their free speech rights, according to Chemerinsky. In his lecture, he will discuss the importance of providing a supportive learning environment for a diverse student body, while respecting the free expression of ideas.

Dean Chemerinsky comes from a university that has made national news because of its internal disagreements over this topic, so this is not just an abstract issue to him, says Mark Kende, director of Drake’s Constitutional Law Center. Contact Kende with questions at mark.kende@drake.edu.

From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly