Freedom Day 2016

April 13, 2016
2:00 - 7:30 pm EDT


Wednesday, April 13

2:00 pm EDT ConSource-Harlan Institute Virtual Supreme Court Debate Final     Watch On-Demand
The Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) announce their Fourth Annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition. This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin.
4:30 pm EDT Welcoming Remarks     Watch On-Demand
  • Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center
4:35 pm EDT Should We Restrict Speech Promoting Terrorism Online?     Watch On-Demand
Co-Sponsored by Facebook
  • Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
  • Eric Posner, Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School
  • Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center
5:20 pm EDT The Next Justice and the Future of Free Speech     Watch On-Demand
  • Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times
  • Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center

Break: 6:00 - 6:10 pm EDT
6:10 pm EDT Free Speech on Campus     Watch On-Demand
Co-Sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and SPIKED Online
  • Susan N. Herman, President, ACLU
  • Frederick M. Lawrence, Former President, Brandeis University; Senior Research Scholar Yale Law
  • Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, FIRE
  • Brendan O'Neill, Editor, SPIKED Online
  • Catherine J. Ross, Professor of Law, GW Law; Author, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights
7:00 pm EDT What the Founding Documents Can Teach Us About Freedom     Watch On-Demand
  • David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Carlyle Group
  • Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center

About this conference

Freedom Day encourages people of all ages to explore how Americans' freedoms of speech and expression are exercised, threatened, and protected.

About National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. Located steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship as a hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters.

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