Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Speech, Freedom, and Inclusion of College Campuses

Freedom of speech is an individual’s right to articulate ideas without fear of retaliation. Academic freedom is a commitment that scholars are free to teach ideas that are unpopular without being targeted for repression. Joanne Berger-Sweeney will use examples from her tenure as President of Trinity College to explore these principles and describe the challenges of putting them into practice. How can we ensure that such values are protected while recognizing that speech can have disparate impacts on members of college communities? What are the limitations of speech? How do we balance freedom of speech while fostering diversity and inclusion?

Before coming to Trinity in 2014, Berger-Sweeney was Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University and a faculty member at Wellesley College. She holds an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a neurotoxicology Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Sponsored by The Reading Foundation.