University of Chicago Professor to Discuss the Challenge of Free Speech

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

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 5, 2018—Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will speak at Williams College on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. The event is free and open to the public.

Stone will present “Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of Our Time.” A distinguished constitutional scholar, he has also served as dean of the law school and the provost of the University of Chicago. Stone was also the chair of the university’s Committee on Freedom of Expression, whose 2015 report, now known as “The Chicago Statement,” articulates the fundamental role of free and open inquiry in the modern university.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1973, Stone served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. He is the author of many works, including Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century (2017); Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty and Justice (2010, 2016); Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007); War and Liberty: An American Dilemma (2007); Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime (2004); and Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era (2002).

Stone’s prizes and awards include the American Library Association’s James Madison Award, the Goldsmith Book Prize of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, among numerous others.

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, The Gaudino Fund, Leadership Studies, The Lecture Committee, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.


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 April 5, 2018