March 22, 2021

216: Why is Free Speech So Important? -with Fredrick M. Lawrence

216: Why is Free Speech So Important? -with Fredrick M. Lawrence

Free speech is one of the fundamental cornerstones in American society. However, in recent years, we've watched as free speech rights have been focused on and attacked by those saying speech can be dangerous.

But do they have a point? After all, can't hate speech lead to hateful actions?

Joining the program is Frederick M. Lawrence, 10th Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Distinguished Lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center, and former President of Brandeis University, Dean of the George Washington University Law School, and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law.

An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes, and joins the program outline why free speech is so important.


Free speech is one of the fundamental cornerstones in American society. However, in recent years, we've watched as free speech rights have been focused on and attacked by those saying speech can be dangerous.

But do they have a point? After all, can't hate speech lead to hateful actions?

Joining the program is Frederick M. Lawrence, 10th Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Distinguished Lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center, and former President of Brandeis University, Dean of the George Washington University Law School, and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law.

An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes, and joins the program outline why free speech is so important.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FredMLawrence
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Online Resources: https://www.pbk.org/About-PBK/Leadership/Secretary, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_M._Lawrence
Key Conversations Podcast: https://www.pbk.org/key-conversations

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