Rabban ’71 Speaks on Academic Freedom at American Universities

David Rabban '71 spoke on “Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the American University” during Wesleyan's annual Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 17 in the Smith Reading Room.

David Rabban ’71 spoke on “Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the American University” during Wesleyan’s annual Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 17 in the Smith Reading Room.

Rabban graduated from Wesleyan in 1971 and from Stanford Law School in 1974. After working in a labor law firm and as staff counsel for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), he joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 1983. He served as general counsel of the AAUP from 1998 to 2006 and as chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2006 to 2012.

Rabban graduated from Wesleyan in 1971 and from Stanford Law School in 1974. After working in a labor law firm and as staff counsel for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), he joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 1983. He served as general counsel of the AAUP from 1998 to 2006 and as chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2006 to 2012.

Raban's talk addressed the judicial treatment of free speech and academic freedom at American universities from the 1950s to the present.

Raban’s talk addressed the judicial treatment of free speech and academic freedom at American universities from the 1950s to the present.

The annual lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.

The annual lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.

Read more about Rabban’s talk here.