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    11.20.15 In TIME Magazine Professor Susan Herman Explores the Role of the First Amendment in Recent Campus Activism
    Susan Herman
    Photo credit: Richard Corman

    In a column that appeared in TIME Magazine’s Ideas section, “ACLU President: We Didn’t Always Have Free Speech,” Professor Susan Herman points to the recent student protests at the University of Missouri as another important chapter in the longstanding battle for free speech and racial equality.

    “It is striking that college administrators at Missouri and elsewhere have reacted to this torrent of speech and activism with offers of discussion, negotiation or even resignations‚” Herman writes, “and not with the assumption that those in authority could simply shut down the protests and ignore the message.”

    However, she continues, this was not always the case, and the ACLU has been fighting to ensure First Amendment protections since the organization’s founding in 1920. “Although some contend that free speech is in tension with equality,” she writes, “we believe that free speech—for all—is the cornerstone of today’s fight for racial equality.

    Herman was elected president of the ACLU in 2008. At the Law School she teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. In June, Herman was honored as one of the Icons of Brooklyn Law School.  

    Read the article.