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Why Free Speech is the Only Safe Space for Minorities

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He visited the American University School of Public Affairs in November 2017 to talk about the freedom of speech for the school's Political Theory Institute.

Rauch is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He has for many years been an outspoken defender of freedom of speech.

The Purpose of a Liberal Education

Scholars Cornel West and Robert George demonstrated that it’s possible to have a deep bond and mutual respect, even when you disagree on fundamental issues. Speaking at an event on campus Dec. 7 moderated by SPA Associate Professor Thomas Merrill, the two professors underscored the importance of engaging in civil dialogue and the value of a liberal education. Read more about the event here.

Facebook Live: Lincoln Scholar Lecture with Danielle Allen

Does the Declaration of Independence still speak to us today? The document famously expresses American aspirations to liberty and equality for all, yet it was written at a time marked by slavery and racial injustice. In the inaugural Lincoln Scholars lecture, based on her book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, Dr. Danielle Allen discusses how old texts can reveal unexpected perspectives and transformative possibilities. With SPA's Political Theory Institute.