Are College Campuses Eroding Free Speech?

McCain Institute
March 27, 2019

6:00 P.M. ET

This debate, all set to happen right up until a power outage in the auditorium intervened, has been postponed until June, which is when all our scheduled speakers are next available together.  We look forward to engaging in this critical discussion before school year 2019-2020 begins. The new date will be announced soon at and on our social media pages.


College campuses and university classrooms are where the marketplace of ideas and discovery learning happen, with freedom of speech and expression the bedrock of higher education.

But increasingly a part of the equation is a potent contemporary mix of challenges and competing concerns:  safety, diversity, perception, social media and hyper-partisan politics. How the First Amendment is faring and its future in this volatile environment is not merely an academic question.

Hear and engage leading national experts as they debate – “Are College Campuses Eroding Free Speech? The latest in the Debate & Decision Series at the McCain Institute.

The event will also be available via live stream here. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MIDebate, and submit questions for our panel of experts by tagging @McCainInstitute.


Samantha Harris
Vice President of Policy Research for FIRE

Robby Soave
Associate Editor, Reason Magazine

Lata Nott
Executive Director of First Amendment Center

Sanford Ungar
Director of The Free Speech Project



Ambassador Kurt Volker
Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

PMI Parking Garage is located at 875 “D” Street. The rate is $8.00 per car for a maximum of 7 hours. Validation is available at the Navy Memorial.

By Metro, take the Yellow Line to Archives.


Will refreshments be available at the event?

Yes; food, beverages, and alcoholic beverages will be available.