Yale Professor Explores Implications of the First Amendment

April 03, 2008

Robert C. Post, David Boies Professor of Law at Yale Law School, discusses interpretations of the First Amendment, its relation to the creation and circulation of knowledge, and the constitutional protections for academic freedom in a three-part lecture series at Northwestern Law.

Post will present his lecture, "Knowledge and the First Amendment," as part of the School of Law's Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series.

The first speech, "First Amendment Purposivism," will be presented at 4 p.m. on April 16; the second, titled "Knowledge and the Learned Professions," at noon on April 17; and the third, "Academic Freedom" at noon on April 18. All lectures will take place in Rubloff 150 at the School of Law, 357 East Chicago Avenue, and are free and open to the public.

Post joined the faculty of Yale Law School in July 2003. His subject areas include constitutional law, the First Amendment, legal history, and affirmative action. Prior to joining Yale, Post was a professor of law at the University of California, Berkley for more than 20 years. He received a JD from Yale Law School and a BA and PhD in History of American Civilization from Harvard.

The Rosenthal Lecture Series was established in 1919 in memory of Julius Rosenthal (1827-1905), an eminent and beloved member of the Chicago Bar. The series is one of the principal programs supported by the Julius Rosenthal Foundation and has assumed a preeminent position in the legal world. Publication of the lectures has made a notable contribution to legal literature and scholarship for more than 70 years.

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