Professor of law emerita, Former national ACLU President

Nadine Strossen, New York Law School Professor Emerita and Senior Fellow at FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression), was national President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008. An internationally acclaimed free speech scholar and advocate, who regularly addresses diverse audiences and provides media commentary around the world, Strossen is also the Host and Project Consultant for Free To Speak, a 3-hour documentary film series distributed on public television in 2023. Her books about free speech include: Free Speech: What Everyone Needs to Know® (Oxford University Press 2023); HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (Oxford University Press 2018); and Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights (Scribner 1995), which was republished with a new Preface in 2024 as part of the NYU Classics Series. Her many honors and awards include the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Judy Blume Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Speech. She serves on the Advisory Boards of several organizations that do free speech work, including: ACLU, Academic Freedom Alliance, Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), Heterodox Academy, National Coalition Against Censorship, and the University of Austin.

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Published on HxA: The Blog
Guest on HxA Podcast
HxA Writers Group Member or Veteran
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Faculty Fellow at HxA Center for Academic Pluralism
Speaker's Title and Institutional/Organizational Affiliation: Senior Fellow, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression)
Event Type :
Fireside Chat
Book Talk
Constitution Day Event
Classroom Visit
Debate, Forum, or HxConversation
Speaking Topics - List up to 5 specific topics or titles, each separated by a semicolon: Freedom of speech; Academic freedom; Civil discourse
Blackout Dates (Dates speaker is unavailable, Date/Month/Year): None
Distance Willing to Travel: Any/No Limits to Travel Radius
Scholarly Area: Law
Modality of Event : In Person and/or Virtual
Willingness to be recorded: Willing
Speaking Fee (Not including travel/lodging expenses): Other (Contact Speaker for Fee)
Recent Appearance (1 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Dignity in Dialogue,” Colorado Mesa University (in conversation with CMU President John Marshall and Professor Christi Hein, Chair of CMU’s Free Speech and Civil Discourse Committee), 3/11/24
Recent Appearance (2 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Speaking Freely: A Conversation with Nadine Strossen,” Brown University (in conversation with Brown University Provost Frank J. Doyle), 3/14/24
Recent Appearance (3 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Free Speech: What Everyone Needs to Know,” California Polytechnic State University (hosted by CPP’s Office of Inclusive Excellence, in conversation with Dr. Jill Hargis, CPP’s Vice President for Academic Affairs), 3/18/24
Recent Appearance (4 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Current Free Speech Controversies,” University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (in conversation with UNC Business School Professor Mark McNeilly), 3/26/24
Recent Appearance (5 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Free Speech Speaker Series: Nadine Strossen,” Davidson College (in conversation with former North Carolina Governor and Member of Congress James G. Martin), 3/27/24
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