Events

April 17, 2024: HAFFS to co-sponsor MIT’s Spring 2024 Great Debate

HAFFS is honored to help our Advisory Board member
Nadine Strossen and our friends at the MIT Free Speech Alliance promote their April 17, 2024, Great Debate at MIT on the topic, “Is Sex Binary?” We believe that controversial issues should not be censored, but should be discussed intelligently based on facts, not emotion. With Nadine acting as debate moderator, this MIT Great Debate will be a model for civil and dispassionate discussion.


HAFFS Scholarship for 2024 Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp

HAFFS is once again offering $1,000.00 travel scholarships to the first two Harvard students accepted into the 2024 Hoover Institute’s Summer Policy Boot Camp.

Visit the Summer Policy Boot Camp for more information.
To apply for the HAFFS scholarship, please contact HAFFS after your acceptance into the Hoover program.


January 16, 2024: HAFFS is co-sponsoring a zoom call with FAIR Harvard + to provide alumni the opportunity to discuss free speech and other issues with Board of Overseers candidate Sam Lessin (Harvard College 2005).

Click here for more info and to register.


HAFFS is co-promoting a webinar produced by our colleagues at Cornell Free Speech Alliance on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at 7:30 pm, on the topic, “Campus Antisemitism Crisis: Cornell & The Ivies.” Speakers include Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson, a long-time critic of the academic trends which have led to the recent Congressional hearings on this subject. Attendance is free. For detailed info and to register for the link,
please click here.


Nadine Strossen, HAFFS Advisory Board Member and past president, the American Civil Liberties Union, will discuss the line between protected political speech and hate speech at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 4 –5:30 pm Eastern. Nadine will be joined by Tomiko Brown Nagin, Dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and two other noted professors. This event is free to Harvard members in person, and the general public via Zoom.

To register, please click here.


On Dec. 12, 2023, Flynn Cratty, the Executive Director of The Council on Academic Freedom at Harvard, spoke on the topic of “Intellectual Freedom at Harvard” at the Harvard Club of New York. The Council, sometimes referred to as a “breakaway republic” and including 130 faculty members, represents dozens of departments and every one of Harvard’s schools, and includes several members of the HAFFS Advisory Board. CAFH’s goal is to support free inquiry, intellectual diversity, and civil discourse.  (In accordance with HCNY policy, no recordings will be available.)


HAFFS co-sponsored the November 29, 2023 presentation by the Harvard Law School chapter of The Federalist Society of “A Plea for Free Speech in Boston: Remembering Frederick Douglass’s 1860 Speech.” Professor Randall Kennedy of HLS, and Prof. Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law, Emerita of the New York Law School and Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union, discussed the importance of this historic event, and its continuing relevance to today’s free speech controversies.


On November 2, 2023, HAFFS co-sponsored a debate at MIT on whether or not “STEM is Systemically Racist, to show how controversial topics can be addressed through free speech in a respectful and professional manner.


2023-10-12: HAFFS-FIRE Webinar on Free Speech at Harvard

HAFFS and FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression) presented a webinar on October 12 to examine why Harvard ranked dead last among 248 American universities in FIRE’s latest annual survey of campus free speech. A current Harvard student, a faculty member and an alumna discussed the survey results and implications with two FIRE executives.


2023-09-20:  “What is Campus Free Speech For?  Some Philosophical Reflections.” 

 

2023-09-14:  MIT Free Speech Alliance’s Inaugural Conference


HAFFS was proud to participate in the MIT Free Speech Alliance’s September 14, 2023, Inaugural Conference at MIT.  HAFFS Advisory Board Member Sam Abrams was a speaker at the event. The conference examined issues of free speech and academic freedom from a variety of perspectives, with a Keynote Speech by famed economist Glenn. C. Loury (Ph.D. 1976).


2023-05-03 – 1:30 pm Eastern: University Open Inquiry Forum: Academic Freedom At US Universities

2023-04-04: MIT DEI Debate

2023-03-15: Cornell Climate Change Debate 

2022-11-04: Stanford Academic Freedom Conference

 

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