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Dorsett Fellowship Lecture Series 2017-2018
Free Speech on College Campuses

The Dorsett Fellowship

The Dorsett Fellowship was established in 2001 when the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, in conjunction with Research Corporation Technologies, made a significant donation in honor of Burt Dorsett ’53, establishing an endowed fund. The purpose of the Dorsett fund is to honor the exemplary business career of Burt Dorsett by bringing practitioners of ethics (business leaders, physicians, engineers, etc.) and/or scholars of ethics to the Dartmouth campus. The Dorsett Fellows (listed below) have provided public lectures, conducted guest lectures in college courses, participated in faculty working groups, and spent time pursuing their own research while on campus.

Dorsett Fellowship Lecture Series 2017—2018 

Robert Post“What We Get Wrong About Free Speech and the University”

April 12, at 4:30, Haldeman Center, Room 041

STUDENT LUNCH, April 12 at 12:30 at the Ethics Institute, Haldeman Center, Room 252, REGISTER HERE

Robert Post is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and served as the School's 16th dean, from 2009 until 2017. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection. He has written and edited numerous books, including Citizens Divided: A Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform (2014), which was originally delivered as the Tanner Lectures at Harvard in 2013. Other books include, Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (2012); For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (with Matthew M. Finkin, 2009); Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law (with K. Anthony Appiah, Judith Butler, Thomas C. Grey & Reva Siegel, 2001); and Constitutional Domains: Democracy, Community, Management (1995).

He publishes regularly in legal journals and other publications; recent articles and chapters include “Theorizing Disagreement: Reconceiving the Relationship Between Law and Politics” (California Law Review, 2010); “Constructing the European Polity: ERTA and the Open Skies Judgments” in The Past and Future of EU Law: The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty (Miguel Poiares Maduro & Loïc Azuolai eds., 2010); “Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash” (with Reva Siegel, Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, 2007); “Federalism, Positive Law, and the Emergence of the American Administrative State: Prohibition in the Taft Court Era” (William & Mary Law Review, 2006); “Foreword: Fashioning the Legal Constitution: Culture, Courts, and Law” (Harvard Law Review, 2003); and “Subsidized Speech” (Yale Law Journal, 1996). He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society.

Dorsett Fellowship Lecture Series, 2017-2018:

Jelani Cobb, Winter, 2018, is an American writer,author and educator. The Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University.

Geoffrey Stone, Fall, 2017, is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

Past Dorsett Fellows:

Sarah Susanka, Spring, 2017, Author and Architect.  "Not So Big House" series.  Watch lectures: 

Reinventing our Homes and Communities for Aging Independence 

Not So Big: The First Step in Sustainability for Home, Community, and Life

Joel Rosenthal, Winter, 2016, President of the Carnegie Council, "Rising Fences: Migrants, Borders and a New Frontier for Ethics".

Joan Halifax, Roshi, Winter, 2014 "Engaged Buddhism and Ethics: Practicing Compassion and Fearlessness in an Endangered World”

Norman Daniels, Spring 2013 (Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health)

Anita Allen, Spring 2012 (the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania)

Kenneth Feinberg, Spring 2011 (Attorney/Author/Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001/Head of BP Claims Fund for 2010 gulf oil spill)

Tracy Kidder, Spring 2010 (John Tracy Kidder is an American writer of nonfiction books. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his The Soul of a New Machine, about the creation of a new computer at Data General Corporation.  Other books include Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains.

Michael Beschloss, Fall 2008 (Presidential Historian, award-winning biographer)

Barbara Ehrenreich, Winter 2008 (author/investigative journalist) Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America became a New York Times bestseller, and has since sold over one million copies. 

Lee Bollinger, Fall 2005 (President of Columbia University)

Marcia Angell, Spring 2005 (Former Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author)

Temple Grandin, Spring 2004 (Mary Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson.)

Tom Chappell, Spring 2003 (founder and CEO of Tom’s of Maine)

Last Updated: 4/9/18