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Dorsett Fellow gives public lecture on academic freedom
"Academic freedom goes to the heart of the university, to the rights and responsibilities of faculty and students, to the nature of teaching, research, and scholarship. As such, it cannot be reduced to a sound bite or slogan, as some would have it, without jeopardizing our working grasp of the principle itself," according to Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University and the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College's Fall 2005 Dorsett Fellow. Bollinger will speak at Dartmouth on September 23 at 4:00 p.m. in Filene Auditorium. Bollinger, a former Dartmouth provost, is recognized as one of the nation's leading thinkers on the issue of free expression and academia. His lecture, "Academic Freedom and Scholarship," is open to the public.
Bollinger is President of Columbia University in New York City and a member of the faculty of the Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Law Review. After serving as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Justice Warren Burger on the United States Supreme Court, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in 1973. In 1987 he was named the Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, a position he held for seven years. He became Provost of Dartmouth College and Professor of Government in July 1994 and was named the twelfth President of the University of Michigan in November 1996. His primary teaching and scholarly interests are focused on free speech and First Amendment issues, and he has published numerous books, articles, and essays in scholarly journals on these and other subjects. He became the nineteenth President of Columbia University in 2002.
The Burt N. Dorsett 1953 Fellowship Program Endowment in Applied and Professional Ethics is a true endowment established by the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation in conjunction with Research Corporation Technologies. The fund is established in honor of Burt N. Dorsett, Dartmouth Class of 1953 and supports a scholar in the field of ethics or a practitioner who exemplifies ethics in the professions. The aim of this visiting fellowship program is to provide students and faculty from every branch of the Dartmouth College with opportunities to improve their understanding of the ethical challenges in fields of applied and professional ethics.
Bollinger's Dorsett Fellowship lecture also marks the first event in a year of coordinated programming among Dartmouth's interdisciplinary centers known as the Dartmouth Centers Forum. This year's forum includes programming related to the themes of religion and politics.
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