Nadine Strossen

The Freedom Project: Nadine Strossen

Tuesday, October 3: Dinner, 5:30 PM; Lecture begins at 7:30 PM
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Ballroom

The Freedom Project is pleased to welcome Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and former American Civil Liberties Union president. Strossen has written, taught, and advocated extensively on constitutional law and civil liberties issues. In this lecture, she will discuss her forthcoming book, HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship (Oxford University Press 2018).

From 1991 through 2008, Strossen was president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and she currently serves on the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy. Strossen has also held leadership positions in other human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” and several other national publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women. When Strossen stepped down as ACLU president, three Supreme Court justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter) participated in her farewell/tribute luncheon.

The Freedom Project at Wellesley College is dedicated to the exploration of the idea of freedom in all of its manifestations, but especially in the tradition of Western classical liberalism. This radition emphasizes the sanctity of individual rights, freedom of contract and economic rights, constitutional democracy, and rule of law. The Freedom Project also promotes interdisciplinary understandings of the idea of freedom, and values expansive intellectual pluralism and debate, especially on contentious issues.