Past Events

The Future of Rights: Frameworks, Trends, and Alternative Visions
Date:
Friday, November 18th at 12 p.m.
Location: Zoom
The concept of rights has informed our understanding of the freedom of persons in the context of the power of the state. But our understanding of the content of rights has changed over time. How were rights understood in the past, and how do we understand them in the present? And how can we use our answers to those questions to better inform our understanding of rights in the future? These questions, and others like them, will be addressed at this half-day, online conference.

Public Discourse Project’s: Discussion over Division
Date: Wednesday, November 2nd at 12:00 pm
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School, Hazel Hall Room 215
Antonin Scalia Law School students are invited to chat about important policy topics and current events, while learning about each other’s perspectives. Participants will be matched with students of differing political views for engaging conversations.

Public Discourse Project’s: Discussion over Division
Date: Tuesday, October 25th at 5:00 pm
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School, Hazel Hall Room 215
Antonin Scalia Law School students are invited to chat about important policy topics and current events, while learning about each other’s perspectives. Participants will be matched with students of differing political views for engaging conversations.

Beyond “Defensive Crouch,” Religious Freedom Conference
Date: March 24-25, 2022
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School
This conference brought together top law and religion scholars, litigators, and policy experts to explore: the goods and values that religious exercise furthers, including institutional religious exercise; how religious values can not only serve, but even better promote the values of equality, dignity, and freedom as currently articulated by the state; and how religious institutions might better understand and communicate the social worth of religion and religious freedom. Findings were presented in four panels over the course of two days.

Public Discourse Project’s: How has Social Media Changed the Political and Social Landscape?
Date: Tuesday, March 8 at 12:00 pm
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School
Students participated in lunch discussions about how mass engagement with social media has affected public discourse, and whether the change has been for better or worse. Questions? Email liberty@gmu.edu.

The Moral Case for Off-label Marketing
Date: March 1st at noon
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School
In this presentation, Dr. Jessica Flanigan, the Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics and Democratic Values and an associate professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) at the University of Richmond, discussed the dangers of restricting off-label drug marketing and why manufacturers should be legally permitted to distribute truthful information about prescription drugs.

Public Discourse Project’s: Discussion over Division
Date: Wednesday, February 23 at 5:00 pm
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School
Antonin Scalia Law School students were invited to chat about important policy topics and current events, while learning about each other’s perspectives. Participants were matched with students of differing political views for engaging conversations.

Why Free Speech is the Only Safe Space for Minorities
Date: January 25, 2022 at 12 p.m.
Location: Antonin Scalia Law School
The Liberty & Law Center hosted a lecture by award-winning columnist and lifelong gay-rights advocate Jonathan Rauch. Mr. Rauch draws upon his own story and the life of legendary civil-rights leader Frank Kameny to explain why freedom of speech is minorities’ best friend, and why efforts to eliminate hate speech so often backfire.

Public Discourse Project’s: Discussion Over Division
Dates: Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 5:00 pm
Antonin Scalia Law School students were invited to chat about important policy topics and current events, while learning about each other’s perspectives. Participants were matched with students of differing political views for engaging conversations.

Public Discourse Project’s: Discussion Over Division
Dates: Tuesday September 28, 2021, at 12:00 pm and Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 5:00 pm
Antonin Scalia Law School students were invited to chat about important policy topics and current events, while learning about each other’s perspectives. Participants were matched with students of differing political views for engaging conversations.

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