Free Speech on Campus


Tuesday, February 13, 2018 -
9:00am to 1:30pm


William S. Boyd School of Law



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom
Continental breakfast 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and introductions – Dean Dan Hamilton and Howard Gillman

Howard Gillman, Chancellor, University of California, Irvine: "Free Speech and Inclusion, Before and After Charlottesville"

Chancellor Gillman has served as the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine since 2014. He previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor and interim chancellor at UCI after spending more than two decades at the University of Southern California, where he held faculty appointments in the Departments of Political Science and History, and, by courtesy, in the Gould School of Law.

Chancellor Gillman is an award-winning scholar and teacher with an expertise in the American Constitution and the Supreme Court. His academic and scholarly honors include the Law and Courts Service Award, recognizing exceptional service to the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association and the C. Herman Pritchett Award awarded annually for best book in public law. A prolific author, his most recent book, Free Speech on Campus, co-authored with Erwin Chemerinsky, was published this year by Yale University Press. Chancellor Gillman will oversee the University of California's recently created National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Comment and response; audience dialogue

Dan Hamilton, Dean and Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law

Stephen Bates, Associate Professor, Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, UNLV; Leslie Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law; Amy Rose, Legal Director, ACLU of Nevada

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Break 10:45 – 10:55 a.m.
Introduction – Dean Dan Hamilton and Mark Yudof

Mark Yudof, President Emeritus, University of California: "Free Speech on University Campuses: Democratic Values, Disruption, and Institutional Survival"

At the University of California, President Yudof led a university system with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, a statewide agriculture and natural resources program, and more than 230,000 students. Prior to joining the University of California, President Yudof served as chancellor of the University of Texas system, which followed his service as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota. Before that, he served as dean of the law school at the University of Texas at Austin, and as the executive vice president and provost of the University of Texas at Austin.

President Yudof is an authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression, and education law. He has written and edited books on free speech and gender discrimination, including four editions of his co-authored book, "Educational Policy and the Law".

President Yudof is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute.

10:55 – 11:45 a.m.
Comment and response; audience dialogue

Ian Bartrum, Professor of Law

Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer, UNLV; Bart Patterson, President, Nevada State College

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, 4th Floor, Beverly Rogers Literature & Law Building
Introduction – Kenneth Waltzer, Executive Director, Academic Engagement Network: "Free Speech and American Campuses"

Ken Waltzer is Professor Emeritus of History and former Director of Jewish Studies at Michigan State University. He came to Michigan State to help build James Madison College, MSU's highly reputed residential college in public affairs. During his career, he served as Dean and Associate Dean of the college, Director of Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, and co-founder of MSU's Jewish Studies Program and its study abroad initiatives in Israel. His several teaching awards include the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award and the Mid-Michigan Alumni Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Professor Waltzer is well known for work on the rescue of children and youths at Buchenwald. His essays opposing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, defending academic freedom and free speech and exploring the new antisemitism appear in numerous journals.

Comment and response: John Valery White, Ralph Denton Professor of Law

Professor White served as Acting Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education during the 2016-2017 academic year, as Strategic Advisor to the UNLV president in 2015-2016, and as UNLV’s Executive Vice President and Provost from 2012 to 2015. Professor White, the second Dean of the UNLV Boyd School of Law, is a member of the American Law Institute; his scholarship focuses on higher education and civil and human rights.

12:30-1:30 p.m.

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