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Summer Lecture Series 2019:
Critical Thinking For The Preservation of Our Democracy

Thursday, July 11 – August 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Spaulding Auditorium
12 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH

Member Series Ticket: $95
Non-Member Series Ticket: $120
Single Session Ticket: $25
(Click on the specific date below to register or pay at the door)
Dartmouth College Students, Staff, Faculty: Present your Dartmouth College ID on the day of a lecture for free admission.


Owen Fiss, Akhil Reed Amar, David BisnoSpeaker: Owen Fiss
Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Speaker: Akhil Reed Amar
Professor of Law, Yale College and Yale Law School
Moderator: David Bisno
Constitutional law scholar

Freedom of speech, enshrined in the First Amendment, grants all Americans the liberty to speak their minds without the fear of being censored or persecuted. But there are limitations, and lawmakers and judges continue to struggle with balancing free speech protections with the necessity of maintaining a civil and peaceful society. Should inflammatory hate speech be allowed? Should an invited guest at a college be shouted down, threatened, or even physically abused because of radically opposing views? Confrontations are escalating.


Joseph Blocher, Erin Murphy, John GarveySpeaker: Joseph Blocher
Professor, Duke Law School
Speaker: Erin Murphy
Partner and Litigator, Kirkland & Ellis law firm
Moderator: John Garvey
Professor, UNH School of Law

The Second Amendment to the Constitution established that "a well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". Nowhere does it define "arms", and it neither permits nor denies gun ownership for private purposes. In 2008, the Supreme Court decided that individuals have an inherent right to own handguns for lawful purposes. But does "handguns" include assault rifles? And Sandy Hook and other tragedies have raised the profile of the gun rights issue to our schools and churches. Is it legal to monitor everyone who has been treated for mental illness?


Linda Chavez, Neal Katyal, Dan BenjaminSpeaker: Linda Chavez
Chairman/CEO of the Center for Equal Opportunity
Speaker: Neal Katyal
Partner, Hogan Lavells Law Firm; Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Moderator: Dan Benjamin
Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Most U.S. colleges are implementing special Affirmative Action admission policies where academic achievement is only one factor, designed to generate a student body with more economic, racial, sexual, and global diversity. They claim their broader student diversity pool results in enhanced multicultural understanding and critical thinking. Opponents of these policies claim they unfairly discriminate against applicants with better academic qualifications, and thus are a violation of civil rights laws. Several Asian-American students among this group have just sued Harvard, alleging racial discrimination. What are the legal merits of each position?


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