Symposium: Incitement At 100—And 50—And Today: Free Speech and Violence in the Modern World


Friday, April 12
8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Program

Brooklyn Law School
Subotnick Center
250 Joralemon St.


About the Symposium
This year marks the centennial of the first Supreme Court cases to give serious consideration to free speech, decided in response to convictions of dissenters who opposed American participation in World War I and allegedly incited interference with the war effort. By coincidence, 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of Brandenburg v. Ohio, the 1969 case that established the modern rule for when political speech can be suppressed for inciting lawless action and, conversely, when it is constitutionally protected.

This Brooklyn Law Review symposium brings together noted free speech scholars and practitioners to consider the history of the incitement cases, their relevance today in a world of social media and terrorism anxiety, and their enduring importance. The panels in this day-long event will span the time horizon from 1919 to 2019 and beyond: looking back to those foundational cases, examining the constitutional status of dissenting political speech today, and speculating about the future of free speech as the nation moves into its second century of serious protection for dissenting political speech.

Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
William D. Araiza, Brooklyn Law School
Jonathan Askin, Brooklyn Law School
Christopher Beauchamp, Brooklyn Law School
Ronald Collins, History Book Festival; Former Harold S. Shefelman Scholar, University of Washington School of Law
Leslie Gielow Jacobs, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Joel M. Gora, Brooklyn Law School
David S. Han, Pepperdine University School of Law
Thomas Healy, Seton Hall University School of Law
Leslie Kendrick, University of Virginia School of Law
Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School
Genevieve Lakier, University of Chicago Law School
Louis Michael Seidman, Georgetown Law
Nadine Strossen, New York Law School
Emerson J. Sykes, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Rachel E. VanLandingham, Southwestern Law School
Christina E. Wells, University of Missouri School of Law

For general inquiries regarding this event, please contact the BLS Office of Events at or (718) 780-7966.

Brooklyn Law School would like to thank the Carolina Academic Press and FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) for their generous support of this event.