Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Freedom of speech, especially on campuses, is again a subject of intense discussion and debate. Complicating the discord, according to Michael Zuckert, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, is that the accepted doctrines of free speech have undergone many transformations and several varieties of speech doctrine now coexist—and often conflict—each claiming allegiance to a distinctive conception of free speech. Zuckert will address the development of the different speech doctrines by considering political and philosophic reasons as well as the implications associated with the different versions of free speech doctrine.
Michael Zuckert is the Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame. Before that, he was Kenan Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. His main scholarly work has been in the areas of early modern political philosophy, and constitutional law and history; he has written widely in these areas. His books include Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, The Natural Rights Republic, Launching Liberalism, and Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy. He is now completing a book titled A Nation so Conceived: Abraham Lincoln and the Problem of Democratic Sovereignty.
Professor Zuckert's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute for State and Local Government at CMC.