First Amendment Studies

Political Speech and Campaign Finance Reform

Campaign Finance Reform Comic

Presented by the BB&T Dialogue Series on Free Speech

A Panel Discussion

Spring 2011

Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, the chair began hosting an annual series of dialogues devoted to discussion of specific battlegrounds concerning the meaning
and application of the right to free speech (controversies revolving around such issues as hate speech, political speech, religious speech, digital communications, copyright, indecency on the airwaves, press freedom, academic speech).
Designed to stimulate thoughtful discussion among students, for each dialogue, three experts reflecting varying points of view will be invited to make brief presentations. They will then engage one another, and the audience, through a moderated interview-style evening.
Our first Free Speech Dialogues focused on Campaign Finance Reform.


BURT NEUBORNE is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties at the NYU School of Law and the Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice.

STEVE SIMPSON is a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice. He primarily litigates free speech cases in state and federal courts across the country.

ADAM LIPTAK is a journalist who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. Additionally, his column on legal affairs, “Sidebar,” appears in the paper every other Tuesday.

panel with audience

Free Speech...
Let's Talk About It.

“Throughout history, any idea worth its salt has been guaranteed to cause widespread offense. Everything from universal suffrage to organ transplants, from contraception to legalized divorce, was once considered an offense to standards of public decency.” Frank Furedi