Phi Beta Kappa CEO Frederick M. Lawrence '77 to Speak at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 5, 2018—Frederick M. Lawrence ’77, secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 6. It is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Lawrence will discuss “Speaking About Free Speech: It’s Complicated.” An accomplished scholar, teacher, and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression, and bias crimes. He has testified before Congress concerning free expression on campus and on federal hate crime legislation. He is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, which examines bias-motivated violence and the laws governing how such violence is punished in the United States.

Lawrence’s legal career was distinguished by service as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1980s, when he became chief of the Civil Rights Unity. Today, Lawrence is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center, and has previously served as president of Brandeis University, Dean of the George Washington University Law School, and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He is also a former trustee of Williams College.

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s first and most prestigious honor society, founded in 1776.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at


Published March 5, 2018