April 15, 1998
Geneva, NY — The Hobart Charter Day activities this year will include a Constitutional Law Symposium, to be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 1, in room 8, Coxe Hall. The public is invited to attend.
The symposium is titled “When Is Free Speech Free?” and will consider the following cases:
** a Neo-Nazi speaker, who denies that the Holocaust was real, could be sponsored by the student government to lecture on campus. Should the administration permit him to speak?; and
** four African American students at MIT are verbally harassed by members of a fraternity in an attempt to get them to leave school. Is this free speech or illegal racist activity?
These issues will be discussed by distinguished panel featuring Jeffrey Amestoy '68, Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court; David Cingranelli '71, associate professor of political science at SUNY Binghamton; Joseph P. DiGangi, HWS professor emeritus of political science; Stephen Lee, HWS professor of philosophy; and Monica Wagner '78, lawyer and former law clerk of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. In addition, alumni, faculty, students, and other members of the Colleges' community will be participating in what will be a stimulating discussion.
Justice Amestoy will also be the principal speaker at the annual Charter Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, in St. John's Chapel. This event is also open to the public.
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