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Markert, Nickerson, Davis Lectures 1991 - 2016

Each year since 1991 the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund has sponsored the University of Michigan Senate's Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.

Some of these lectures, are now accessible for viewing via streaming video.

 Click the symbol            to watch video for years 2001–2016.


Robert M. O'Neil
Professor of Law and Founding Director
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
University of Virginia

"Inaugural Lecture"


Lee C. Bollinger
Dean and Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School

"The Open-Minded Soldier and

the University"


Catharine R. Stimpson
University Professor and

Dean, Rutgers Graduate School
The State University of New Jersey

"Dirty Minds, Dirty Bodies,

Clean Speech"


Walter P. Metzger
Emeritus Professor of History
Columbia University

"A Walk Along the New Frontiers of Academic Freedom"


Linda Ray Pratt
Professor of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and

Past-President, AAUP

"Academic Freedom and the

Merits of Uncertainty"


Avern Cohn
United States District Judge
Eastern District of Michigan

"Academic Freedom:

A Trial Judge's View"


Roger Wood Wilkins
Clarence J. Robinson Professor of
History and American Culture
George Mason University

" Opportunity and Academic Integrity"


Eugene L. Roberts, Jr.
Professor of Journalism
University of Maryland - College Park

"Free Speech, Free Press: Free Society"


David A. Hollinger
Chancellor's Professor of History
University of California at Berkeley

"Universities and Cosmopolitanism"


10th Anniversary Symposium

Anthony Lewis


The New York Times

Keynote Address
"Freedom: The Seamless Web"


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Vartan Gregorian
Carnegie Corporation of New York

"Universities in the 21st Century:

Perils, Challenges, and Prospects"


Catharine A. MacKinnon
Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School

"From Powerlessness to Power:

The Uses of Academic Freedom"


David D. Cole
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

"Freedom and Terror:

September 11th and the

21st Century Challenge"


Floyd Abrams
William J. Brennan, Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Law
Columbia University

Graduate School of Journalism
 Partner, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel

"Whose Academic Freedom? "


Bill Keller
Executive Editor, The New York Times

"Editors in Chains:
Secrets, Security and the Press"


Nadine Strossen
President, American Civil Liberties Union
Professor of Law, New York Law School

"Defending Freedom:
Even for Thoughts We Hate"


Cass R. Sunstein
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law
Harvard Law School


Is the Internet Really a Blessing

for Democracy"


Philip Hamburger
Maurice and Hilda Friedman

Professor of Law
Columbia University Law School

"Galileo's Ghost: 17th Century Censorship
in 21st Century America"


Michael A. Olivas
William B. Bates

Distinguished Chair of Law
Director of the Institute for

Higher Education of the

College Classroom
University of Houston Law Center

"God, Grades, and Sex: 
The Developing Law of the College Classroom "


Ellen W. Schrecker
Professor of History
Yeshiva University

"The Lost Soul of Higher Education: 
Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, 
and the End of the American University"


Robert C. Post 
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman

Professor of Law
Yale Law School

"The Constitutional Meaning of Academic Freedom" 


Marjorie Heins 
Founding Director
 Free Expression Policy Project

"Priests of Our Democracy:

The Supreme Court, 
Academic Freedom,

and the Anti-Communist Purge"


Douglas Laycock 
Robert E. Scott

Distinguished Professor of Law 
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia School of Law

"Religious Liberty and the Culture Wars"


Natalie Zemon Davis
Henry Charles Lea

Professor of History Emerita
Princeton University
Adjunct Professor of History and

Medieval Studies
Senior Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Literature
University of Toronto 

"Experiencing Exclusion: Scholarship in the Wake of Inquisition "

Joan Wallach Scott
Professor Emerita
School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study
Adjunct Professor of History
Graduate Center
City University of New York  

"Civility and Academic Freedom"


Marc Rotenberg


Electronic Privacy Information Center
Professor of Law
Georgetown Law School
The Misunderstood Right

to Be Forgotten:
The Future of Free Expression and Privacy in the Online World


Michael E. Mann,

Professor of

Atmospheric Science
Director, Earth System Science Center

The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump


Noam Chomsky
Professor of Linguistics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Illegal but Legitimate:

A Dubious Doctrine for the Times"

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