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Trinity to Host Conversation Exploring Free Speech on College Campuses

Hartford, Connecticut, September 25, 2017 –

Trinity College will host “The Contours of Free Expression on Campus,” a conversation between civil rights scholar and Phi Beta Kappa Society Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Frederick M. Lawrence and longtime Philadelphia Inquirer editor William K. Marimow (Trinity College Class of 1969). The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented as part of the Trinity College program, Bridging Divides: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Understanding and Promoting a Just Society (

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. 

Mather Hall, Washington Room, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford

Frederick M. Lawrence is secretary and chief executive officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A lawyer and civil rights scholar who is one of the nation’s leading experts on bias crimes and free expression, he has served as president of Brandeis University and dean of the George Washington Law School and is currently a distinguished lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center.

William K. Marimow is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer who now serves as vice president and editor-at-large of Philadelphia Media Network. Marimow studied First Amendment law at Harvard Law School as a Nieman Fellow. He graduated from Trinity College in 1969, received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Trinity in 2016, and served as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2015.

The event is co-sponsored by the Trinity College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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