Bollinger to address principle of academic freedom

Lee C. Bollinger, president and professor of law at Columbia University, will deliver the inaugural fall Assembly Series lecture at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 in Graham Chapel.

His talk, “The Foundations of the Principle of Academic Freedom,” also is the School of Law’s Sesquicentennial Lecture.

Bollinger is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Columbia University Law School.

He served as a law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and also for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lee Bollinger
Lee Bollinger

His teaching career began at the University of Michigan Law School in 1973, and he became the dean of the school in 1987. He joined Dartmouth College as provost and was also appointed a professor of government in 1994.

In November 1996, Bollinger was named Michigan’s 12th president. In June 2002, Bollinger became Columbia’s 19th president.

Bollinger focuses primarily on free speech and First Amendment issues. He has published numerous articles, essays, reviews and books.

Assembly Series

Who: Lee C. Bollinger, president and professor of law at Columbia University

What: Addressing “The Foundations of the Principle of Academic Freedom”

Where: Graham Chapel

When: 11 a.m. Sept. 10

His contributions to First Amendment writings include three highly acclaimed books — Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era (2001), Images of a Free Press (1991) and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America (1986).

A defendant of affirmative action in higher education, he was the respondent in the recent Supreme Court cases Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.

All Assembly Series lectures are free and open to the public.

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