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'MitchFest' Include Symposium on Free Speech for Healthy Civil Discourse
Indiana Ag Connection - 12/01/2022

Through President Mitch Daniels' leadership, Purdue University began placing a special emphasis on free speech in 2015. That year, Purdue became the first public university to adopt the Chicago Principles, a landmark declaration of the importance of freedom of expression in any university community.

As a national leader on tolerance and the freedom of expression today, Purdue will host a symposium at 6 p.m. Monday (Dec. 5) at Stewart Center's Fowler Hall, focusing on the vital role that open debate plays in advancing a healthy culture of learning and engagement.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is part of "MitchFest," a series of events celebrating the legacy of retiring Purdue President Mitch Daniels. Titled "Freedom of Inquiry and the Advancement of Knowledge," the panel discussion will be moderated by Steven Schultz, Purdue's general counsel. Joining him are free speech experts:

- Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown University.

- Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita at the New York Law School and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union.

- Keith E. Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

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