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Thursday, January 18, 2024 6:30pm to 8pm

1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Open to the public; registration not required for Thursday evening sessions

We invite you to attend the Thursday Public Welcome and Panel Discussion segment of the Intellectual Vitality and Free Expression Student Summit. Details are included below.

Thursday evening’s event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required for these sessions.

PEN America Free Expression Student Summit | Harvard College - Featuring Suzanne Nossel, Randall Kennedy, John Boyer, Rakesh Khurana

Harvard College is partnering with PEN America to offer a Summit on Intellectual Vitality and Free Expression. We are honored to host PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel and distinguished scholars from Harvard, University of Chicago and Princeton University as they explore how open dialogue and civil discourse is foundational not only to universities, but a democratic society more broadly.

The Public Welcome and Panel Discussion will cover the following topics:

Literacy on free expression issues through exposure to various related topics

Advocating for your rights and rights of others

Civil discourse and respectful engagement across varying perspectives and backgrounds


Welcome and Introductory Remarks | 6:30–6:45pm

Open to the public
Amanda Claybaugh, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of English, Harvard College

Keynote Panel Combatting Censorship, Disinformation, and Hate | 6:45–8:00pm

Open to the public
Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America
Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College
Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
John Boyer, Senior Advisor to the President and Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

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