Academic Freedom and the First Amendment

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Robert Post, Dean of the Yale Law School, will discuss the relationship between academic freedom and the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has long postulated the existence of such a relationship, but its decisions have been inconsistent and untheorized. As a consequence, the legal doctrine of academic freedom is notoriously chaotic and undeveloped. Dean Post will explore possible paths for explaining and clarifying this doctrine.

In his book - Democracy, Expertise, and Academic Freedom - Post  develops a theory of First Amendment rights that seeks to explain both the need for the free formation of public opinion and the need for the distribution and creation of expertise.

Odyssey Lectures feature a single speaker who will take students on an extended adventure over some new and unexpected intellectual terrain.