Are College Campuses Eroding Free Speech?

McCain Institute

The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW

Washington, D.C.

September 17, 2019

6:00 P.M. ET

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

Sanford Ungar
Director of The Free Speech Project

Michael S. Roth
President, Wesleyan University



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?

Metro | Take the Orange, Blue or Silver Line to Foggy Bottom – GWU.

Parking | Please see parking options here:


Will refreshments be available at the event?

Yes; food, beverages, and alcoholic beverages (for 21 years and older) will be available.