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The Promise and Limits of Our First Amendment

Wednesday, January 26
4 – 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for the next panel event in Fordham University’s Speech Acts series. The First Amendment limits “state action”—what the government may and may not do—but not private action. In the context of increasing concentration of private speech power, such as powerful social media platforms that are not governed by the First Amendment, this panel discussion will consider defenses for and critiques of the state action doctrine, along with comparative approaches. The discussion will also consider whether our robust constitutional free speech protections go too far in some instances, failing to properly consider certain harms caused by speech.

Featured Speakers
Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami
Genevieve Lakier, University of Chicago
Julie Suk, Fordham University
Nelson Tebbe, Cornell University

Abner Greene, Fordham University


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, parents, students, and the public.