Trinity to Host Conversation Exploring Free Speech on College Campuses on October 3

‘Bridging Divides’ Event Features Frederick M. Lawrence and William K. Marimow ’69, H’16

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 29, 2017 –

WHAT: Trinity College will host “The Contours of Free Expression on Campus,” a conversation between civil rights scholar and Phi Beta Kappa Society Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Frederick M. Lawrence and longtime Philadelphia Inquirer editor William K. Marimow ’69, H’16. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented as part of the Trinity College program, Bridging Divides: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Understanding and Promoting a Just Society.

 WHEN: Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.

 WHERE: Mather Hall, Washington Room

                        Trinity College

                         300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT

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The program also may be viewed live on YouTube.



Frederick M. Lawrence is secretary and chief executive officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A lawyer and civil rights scholar who is one of the nation’s leading experts on bias crimes and free expression, he has served as president of Brandeis University and dean of the George Washington Law School and is currently a distinguished lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center.

William K. Marimow is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer who now serves as vice president and editor-at-large of Philadelphia Media Network. Marimow studied First Amendment law at Harvard Law School as a Nieman Fellow. He graduated from Trinity College in 1969, received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Trinity in 2016, and served as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2015.

The event is presented as part of the Trinity College program, Bridging Divides: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Understanding and Promoting a Just Society, and is co-sponsored by the Trinity College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Bridging Divides is a series of programs and conversations held throughout the 2017-18 academic year that seek to bring together the Trinity College community in creating an environment that invites dialogue and promotes understanding across differences. These discussions include issues of race and racism, academic freedom and freedom of speech, power and privilege, and the challenges of holding productive, respectful dialogue on such topics. The programs are intended to help participants see and understand different perspectives, and to promote a culture on campus and within Trinity’s broader community that actively seeks diverse opinions.

Events in this series already held this semester have included “Race in Academia: A Faculty Panel and Discussion;” “The Color of Law,” a lecture by author Richard Rothstein, research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Haas Institute at the University of California Berkeley; “Freedom to Teach in the Classroom,” a lecture by Joerg Tiede, senior program officer in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance at the American Association of University Professors; “An Unfinished Conversation,” a lecture and workshop by filmmaker, educator, and diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah; and a faculty panel discussion titled “Authority in the Classroom: Experiences of Diverse Faculty Members Teaching Politically Charged Subjects,” among others.

Bridging Divides will present “Art from Archive: Work by Lewis Watts and Pablo Delano,” in the Austin Arts Center’s Widener Gallery, beginning on October 12 with a 12:15 p.m. panel discussion and an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit highlights the work of two photographers/visual artists who have created works of art based on historical materials. Both artists have chosen to represent historical artifacts or images at a scale dramatically larger than the original, provoking the viewer to consider, both individually and comparatively, aspects of Black and Puerto Rican history within the structural societal framework of the United States of America. The exhibition also invites discussion about the roles of appropriation and of commodification within contemporary art, as well as, more broadly, the function and relevance of historical archives in today’s society.

Upcoming Bridging Divides programs include “Conflict is Not Abuse,” a workshop with Sarah Shulman (presented by the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies) on October 19 at 12:15 p.m. in Hallden Hall—North Wing; and “Confronting White Supremacy: Racism and Anti-Racism in Our Classrooms and Communities,” by Crystal Marie Fleming, associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University (presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning) on October 26 at 12:15 p.m. in Hallden Hall—North Wing.