First Amendment Studies

Inflammatory Speech

Presented by the BB&T Dialogue Series on Free Speech

A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

7-9 PM

Location: Graduate School of Business (GSB), Room 2.124


NADINE STROSSEN - NY Law School & Former President of the ACLU

ALEXANDER TSESIS - Law Professor, Loyola University

JOHN BURNETT - Correspondent for NPR


NADINE STROSSEN, Professor at New York Law School, has written, lectured and practiced extensively in constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. From 1991-2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers" and several other publications have named her as one of the country’s most influential women. Strossen comments frequently on legal issues in the national media. Her book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights, was named by the New York Times as a "notable book" of 1995.

PROFESSOR ALEXANDER TSESIS teaches at the Loyola University School of Law. His publications include three books, We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law (Yale University Press, 2008), The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom (New York University Press, 2004), and Destructive Messages: How Hate Speech Paves the Way for Harmful Social Movements (New York University Press, 2002). Earlier this year Columbia University Press published Professor Tsesis’s edited volume, Promises of Liberty: Thirteenth Amendment Abolitionism and Contemporary Relevance. He is currently writing a book about law and the American Creed for the Oxford University Press.

JOHN BURNETT is a roving National Public Radio correspondent whose reports are heard regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. While his primary focus concerns the issues and people of the Southwest United States, Burnett's beat stretches across the US and around the world, having reported from 25 different countries. His work has included coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. invasion of Iraq (where he served as an embedded reporter with the First Marine Division), the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks, the Drug War in the Americas, and the recent earthquake in Japan.

Burnett’s distinguished reporting has garnered numerous awards, and he has served as a visiting faculty member and Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2006, Burnett published Uncivilized Beasts & Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent.

Further reading on Inflammatory Speech

panel speaker with students

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

"The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions." Adlai Stevenson