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Making Room for Us All in the Room for Debate: The Conundrum of Free Speech in a Walled-Off World

Course-wide Lecture, Spring 2019

with Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law Emerita at Columbia Law School

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Professor Patricia Williams delivered a course-wide Contemporary Civilization lecture at Miller Theater, titled "Making Room for Us All In The Room For Debate: The Conundrum of Free Speech in A Walled-Off World," a theme that strongly resonates with current debates on campus and beyond. 

Patricia J. Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and her award-winning column, "Diary of a Mad Law Professor," has appeared monthly in The Nation magazine for two decades. A MacArthur fellow, she is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates and has been recognized by all the institutions from which she matriculated: an Outstanding Alumna Award from Latin School in Boston, an Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College, and a Graduate Society Medal from Harvard.