Free Speech & Democracy:

Remembering Abraham Baldwin’s Spirit of Education & Open Inquiry

What are the roles of free speech and the media in a democratic society? How does “fake news” affect  social media and our political system? Are we too sensitive to take a joke?

Join us in commemoration of Founding Father and founder of the University of Georgia higher education system, Abraham Baldwin, for this weekend seminar. You’ll explore these question on free speech and toleration in America as you:

  • Listen to engaging lectures by distinguished speakers
  • Unpack your ideas in discussion groups and get your questions answered
  • Connect with your peers & speakers over free meals

Register now and meet other students interested in creating a more just, peaceful, and thriving world.

This program is co-sponsored by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
and is made possible through the support of the
John Templeton Foundation.


Friday, March 24th
3:30 pm
Registration & Check-in
4:00 pm
Jay Baldwin, Courtney Derr
4:15 pm
Film Screening: “Can We Take A Joke?”
5:30 pm
Film Q&A
6:00 pm
7:15 pm
Philosophical Foundations of Toleration
Andrew J. Cohen
8:30 pm
Social Reception
Tift Hall (lobby)
Saturday, March 25th
9:00 am
Registration & Check-in
9:30 am
Jay Baldwin, Courtney Derr
9:45 am
What Does The New Supreme Court Mean for Free Speech and Religious Tolerance?
Michael J. Perry
11:00 am
What Is The Role of Media In A Democratic Society?
William E. Lee
12:15 pm
Ask-Me-Anything Lunch Panel
1:45 pm
Freedom and Social Justice: Are They Compatible?
Andrew J. Cohen
3:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Jay Baldwin, Courtney Derr
3:15 pm
Program Adjourns


Andrew J. Cohen

Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University

Michael J. Perry

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University

William E. Lee

Professor of Journalism, University of Georgia