Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression: Monday, March 25, 2024, 5pm

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Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee: Campus Censorship from the 'STOP WOKE ACT' to Israel-Palestine

Join us to hear from Amna Khalid and Jeff Snyder from Carleton College.

Presented by The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and moderated by Dean Mary-Jane Rubenstein.

Monday, March 25, 2024, 5:00 pm- 6:30pm, EST

Frank Public Affairs Center 100, and a Zoom Webinar

238 Church St, Middletown, CT 06459

Reception following the event at 6:30 pm, EST.

Please register HERE for the in-person event or register HERE for the Zoom event.

This annual lecture is designed to bring to the Wesleyan Campus, public figures and scholars with experience and expertise in matters related to the First Amendment and freedom of expression. This lecture is endowed by Leonard S. Halpert ’44 (1922–2017), who believed that the First Amendment to the US Constitution is the basis upon which we enjoy all other Civil Rights. This lecture is named in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black. 

About the Speakers

Amna Khalid is an Associate Professor in the department of History at Carleton College. She specializes in modern South Asian history, the history of medicine and the global history of free expression. Khalid is the author of multiple book chapters on the history of public health in nineteenth-century India, with an emphasis on the connections between Hindu pilgrimages and the spread of epidemics. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Lahore University of Management Sciences and earned both an MPhil in Development Studies and a DPhil in History from Oxford University. Growing up under a series of military dictatorships in Pakistan, Khalid has a strong interest in issues relating to free expression. She hosts a podcast and accompanying blog called “Banished,” which explores censorship controversies in the past and present. 

Jeff Snyder is an Associate Professor in the department of Educational Studies at Carleton College. He is a historian of education, whose work examines questions about race, national identity and the purpose of public education in a diverse, democratic society. Snyder is the author of the book, Making Black History: The Color Line, Culture and Race in the Age of Jim Crow. He holds a BA from Carleton, an EdM in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in the History of Education from New York University. Before pursuing graduate studies, Snyder taught English to Speakers of Other Languages in the Czech Republic, France, China, India, Nepal and the United States.

Khalid and Snyder speak regularly together about academic freedom, free speech and campus politics at colleges and universities across the country. They write frequently on these issues for newspapers and magazines, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Republic and The Washington Post. Last academic year (2022/23), Khalid and Snyder were fellows with the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Their research focused on threats to academic freedom in Florida, the state at the epicenter of the conservative “culture wars” movement to encourage state intervention in public school classrooms. Based on interviews they conducted with Florida faculty members, Khalid and Snyder submitted an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs who are challenging the Stop WOKE Act. 


Hugo L. Black Lecturers 1991 - 2023

David Rabban, '71

University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Keith Whittington                                                   

Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University

Bertrall Ross
Chancellor's Professor of Law
U.C. Berkeley Law


William Nelson


Jelani Cobb
IRA A. Lipman Professor of Journalism
Columbia University

A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals  for
the Third Circuit, Philadelphia

Rodney Smolla
University of Richmond Law School

Harry A. Blackmun
Supreme Court of the United States

Margaret Marshall
Chief Justice
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Anthony Lewis
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist,
The New York Times

Cass Sunstein
School of Law
University of Chicago

Nadine Strossen
American Civil Liberties Union

Patricia Williams
Professor of Law
Columbia University

Abner Mikva
Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia

Laurence H. Tribe
Carl M. Loeb University Professor,
Harvard University

Norman Dorsen
Stokes Professor of Law,
NYU School of Law

Lawrence Lessig

Director, Edmond J. Safra Foundation
Center for Ethic
Professor, Harvard Law School

Patricia Wald
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for
the District of Columbia

Jack M. Balkin
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the
First Amendment
Yale Law School

Floyd Abrahms
William J. Brennan Visiting Professor of
First Amendment Law, Columbia University

Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of the United States

Kathleen Sullivan
Stanford Law School

Geoffrey R. Stone
Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago Law School

Nat Hentoff
Award-winning author and journalist

Aharon Barak
President of the Israeli Supreme Court (Ret.),
IDC Herzliya

Lee C. Bollinger
Columbia University

Robert Post

Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law
Dean, Yale Law School

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union


Stanley Fish

The Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University
Professor and Professor of Law
Florida International University


Linda Greenhouse
Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence
Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law
Yale Law School


John Finn
Professor Emeritus
Wesleyan University