“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin
Each year, the Goldfarb Center chooses an annual theme that informs and shapes our programming. This year the Goldfarb Student Executive Board selected freedom of speech. We plan to cover a range of issues related to free speech ranging from constitutional rights, the role of social media and big technology, resisting hate speech, and campus policies. We will be bringing speakers to campus to help us explore these issues, ranging from civil liberties leaders like Nadine Strossen to activists who were on the frontlines of democracy in Hong Kong reacting to a crackdown on free speech.
The theme is the focal point for the Goldfarb Freedom of Expression Policy Symposium held in the spring, which offers a $2,000 prize for the best public policy student proposal. This page will serve as an information hub on free speech with resources, articles, and updates on Goldfarb-sponsored talks to help educate and inform students who plan to participate in the spring policy competition.