[PAST EVENT] Interactive Forum: "Campus Protests & Free Speech"

October 31, 2017
12:50pm - 1:50pm
Law School, Room 119
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Access & Features
  • Free food
  • Open to the public

A panel of Law School faculty will challenge audience members to think about and to engage in a lively discussion about free speech on campus.  Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas will present hypothetical "speech scenarios" involving free speech on campus with commentary and discussion to follow by Professor Vivian Hamilton and Professor Timothy Zick. Audience members will be invited to cast their votes electronically on the outcomes (bring a cell phone or other internet-enabled device!). Hosted by Law School & the American Constitution Society. Free and all are welcome.

About the panelists

Davison M. Douglas has served as the Law School's Dean since 2009. From 1997 until 2004 he was Director of William & Mary's nationally acclaimed Institute of Bill of Rights Law, and, in 2005, he founded the Law School's Election Law Program which he directed until 2008. A leading constitutional historian, Douglas is the author or editor of seven books, including Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle Over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954, Redefining Equality, and  Reading, Writing & Race: The Desegregation of the Charlotte SchoolsRead more.

Vivian Hamilton is Professor of Law and an affiliated professor with the university's Gender, Sexuality, & Women?s Studies program. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary and explores a wide range of policies affecting adolescents and emerging adults. Her work has been widely cited in academic journals and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Most recently, Professor Hamilton assisted the Virginia legislature in the successful passage of a new law restricting underage marriage.  Read more.

Timothy Zick is the Mills E. Godwin, Jr., Professor of Law. He has been a frequent commentator in local, national, and international media regarding free speech. His first book, Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in Public Places, examined the dynamic intersection of place and the First Amendment. His second book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties, explored the First Amendment's relationship with international borders. Oxford University Press will publish his next book, The Dynamic Free Speech Clause: Freedom of Speech and Its Relation to Other Constitutional Rights, in 2018.  Read more.


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