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    04.12.19 Symposium: Incitement At 100—And 50—And Today: Free Speech and Violence in the Modern World
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    Friday, April 12
    8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
    9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Program

    Brooklyn Law School
    Subotnick Center
    250 Joralemon St.


    About the Symposium

    This year marks the centennial of the first Supreme Court cases to give serious consideration to free speech, decided in response to convictions of dissenters who opposed American participation in World War I and allegedly incited interference with the war effort. By coincidence, 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of Brandenburg v. Ohio, the 1969 case that established the modern rule for when political speech can be suppressed for inciting lawless action and, conversely, when it is constitutionally protected.
    This Brooklyn Law Review symposium brings together noted free speech scholars and practitioners to consider the history of the incitement cases, their relevance today in a world of social media and terrorism anxiety, and their enduring importance. The panels in this day-long event will span the time horizon from 1919 to 2019 and beyond: looking back to those foundational cases, examining the constitutional status of dissenting political speech today, and speculating about the future of free speech as the nation moves into its second century of serious protection for dissenting political speech.

    View the agenda.

    Floyd Abrams
    , Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
    William D. Araiza, Brooklyn Law School
    Jonathan Askin, Brooklyn Law School
    Christopher Beauchamp, Brooklyn Law School
    Ronald Collins, History Book Festival; Former Harold S. Shefelman Scholar, University of Washington School of Law
    Leslie Gielow Jacobs, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
    Joel M. Gora, Brooklyn Law School
    David S. Han, Pepperdine University School of Law
    Thomas Healy, Seton Hall University School of Law

    Leslie Kendrick, University of Virginia School of Law
    Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School
    Genevieve Lakier, University of Chicago Law School
    Louis Michael Seidman, Georgetown Law
    Nadine Strossen, New York Law School
    Emerson J. Sykes, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

    Rachel E. VanLandingham, Southwestern Law School
    Christina E. Wells, University of Missouri School of Law

    For general inquiries regarding this event, please contact the BLS Office of Events at or (718) 780-7966.
    Requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a disability to attend this event should be made to Louise Cohen, the BLS Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator, at Please make your request as soon as possible.

    Brooklyn Law School would like to thank the Carolina Academic Press and FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) for their generous support of this event.

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