Previous Free Speech events at Georgetown include:

Spring 2019

In April 2019, the Free Speech Project and the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative hosted "Inside Voices: The Free Speech Rights of Incarcerated Americans," a lively forum that explored the reasons behind and implications of censoring the voices of the incarcerated. 

Panelists included:

- Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project
- Amy Fettig, Deputy Director, ACLU Prisons Project
- Robert Green, Director, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Montgomery County, MD
- Sekwan Merritt, Paralegal, Arnold and Porter
- Joel Castón, Incarcerated Resident of the DC Jail (by Skype/phone)


Fall 2018

The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University held a joint forum in Gaston Hall on Monday, September 24, 2018, on the subject of "Secrets and Leaks: Whistleblowers, Journalists, and National Security." The object was to explore the important, but perennially uneasy, relationship among reporters, their confidential sources inside the government, and other officials, especially on issues of foreign affairs and national defense policy — and to ask how the public interest can best be served in this critical area at a volatile moment for American civil society.

Panelists included:

Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown Law School, and former counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Alberto Mora, Director, Global Programs, American Bar Association, and former General Counsel, Department of the Navy

Laura Poitras, Filmmaker, Journalist, and Executive Producer, Field of Vision

Moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University

Fall 2017


The Shadow of Charlottesville: Free Speech at a Crossroads

October 30, 2017, at 7pm in historic Gaston Hall

Panelists featured: 

Timothy Longo
Former Chief of Police, City of Charlottesville, Virginia 

DeRay Mckesson
Civil Rights Activist and Host, Pod Save The People
Arthur Spitzer
Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, DC
Paula Xinis
Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project, the panel explored the events of August 12, 2017, and how and why they became violent.

Spring 2017

Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers