Chemerinsky & Gilman come to the J: Free Speech on Campus

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017


UCI. UC Berkeley. Middlebury College. University of Chicago. Controversial speakers and their opponents have entangled campuses across the country in fraught, sometimes violent clashes. When speakers with provocative – or biased – points of view come knocking, should universities welcome them and safeguard their right to speak?

Merage JCC in partnership with ADL Orange County presents an engaging talk by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gilman. January 10 they will be in the Myers Theatre at the JCC to discuss their recently published book Renewing Free Speech on College Campuses (Yale 2017). Chemerinsky and Gilman argue that institutions of higher learning must find a way to create supportive academic environments for all students while also upholding free speech, even for speakers who espouse hateful ideologies. 

Chemerinsky is a renowned First Amendment scholar and was the founding Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law. Currently, he is the Dean of the School of Law at Berkeley. Howard Gillman, Ph.D., became UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor September 2014. He had previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor. An award-winning scholar and teacher, he has academic appointments in the departments of political science, history, law, and criminology, law & society; as specializes in American constitutionalism and judicial politics. 

They promise to bring a reasoned, scholarly perspective to a polarizing topic that has divided university campuses and the country.


Free Speech on Campus with UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman & Dean of UC Berkeley Law School Erwin Chemerinsky

January 10, 7 p.m.
@ the Merage JCC, 1 Federation Way, Irvine
FREE to the community, Registration required