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Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open: a free press for a new century

POLIS public lecture

Date: Monday 1 February 2010 
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Lee Bollinger
Chair: Howard Davies

Bollinger explores the meaning of freedom of the press in our globalised, internet-dominated era.

Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University on June 1, 2002. A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. A leading First Amendment scholar, he is widely published on freedom of speech and press, and currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School.

From November 1996 to 2002, Bollinger was the President of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he had also served as a law professor and dean of the Law School.

Bollinger is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Washington Post Company, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company of Great Britain, and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Bollinger is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Widely published on legal and constitutional issues involving free speech and press, Bollinger books include: Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era; Images of a Free Press; The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America; and Contract Law in Modern Society: Cases and Materials. He continues to teach an undergraduate course, "Freedom of Speech and Press" at Columbia each year.

Bollinger has received the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for his leadership on affirmative action. He also received the Clark Kerr Award, the highest award conferred by the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, for his service to higher education, especially on matters of freedom of speech and diversity. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees from universities in this country and abroad.

After graduating from the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Law Review, Bollinger served as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger on the United States Supreme Court. He joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1973.

This event celebrate the publication of his latest book Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-open: a free press for a new century.

LSE and Columbia University are natural partners: both are located in world cities; both have an international character and outlook in their research and teaching and in their student and staff populations; and both are involved in the local and international arenas.

As top-class institutions, LSE and Columbia have a deep-rooted commitment to research and teaching in broad international policy areas with a notion that society can be improved by studying its problems and training its policy makers. We believe that in working together we can create highly distinctive research and teaching programmes.

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