Provost Forum Videos

Videos from the Provost's Forum, March 1, 2018

Welcome by Provost Sally Kornbluth (9:20am)

Panel 1: Academic Freedom and the Mission of the University (9:30-11:00am)

Duke University’s Mission Statement reaffirms its foundational commitment to promoting “an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry,” which encompasses academic freedom, free speech, and freedom of assembly.

Moderator: Dean David F. Levi, Duke Law School
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law, University of California
Ranjana Khanna, Professor, English Department, Duke University; Director, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

Panel 2: Civil Discourse Across Divides (11:15am-12:45pm)

Intellectual inquiry both generates and depends on certain kinds of diversity and disagreement. What kinds of diversity and disagreement can or must a university foster? Are all viewpoints worthy of equal respect, or are some out of bounds? How should the lines be drawn, and who gets to draw them? What are the alternatives to censorship when battling hateful speech? How can we further the imperatives of free inquiry and discourse while respecting other values like privacy and respect? To what degree is the university a “home” for some, and does that matter? Who speaks for that community?

Moderator: Peter D. Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Director, Triangle Institute for Security Studies; Director, Program in American Grand Strategy; Duke University
Teresa M. Bejan, Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford
Celeste Headlee, Award-winning journalist, professional speaker, and author of the book We Need to Talk – How to Have Conversations that Matter
Frederick W. Mayer, Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Keynote by David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times; Commentator on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press (1:00-2:00pm)

Panel 3: Assembly, Protest, and Shared Spaces (2:15-3:45pm)

The inquiry, discourse, and disagreement that are central to the university’s identity are not just abstract concepts, but physical realities. They manifest themselves in assemblies, classrooms, and dormitories. This goal of this session is to explore how the physical spaces of the university can or should be managed so as to advance the academic mission of the university while maintaining safety, privacy, and civility. How should professors manage the classroom when discussing sensitive material? What factors should guide the decision to invite outside speakers with controversial viewpoints, and what techniques are effective and/or appropriate for responding to such speakers?

Moderator: Benjamin Reese, Vice President, Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University
Karen Anderson, Executive Director, ACLU of North Carolina
Luke Bretherton, Professor, Duke Divinity School
Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor, American Studies, Yale University
Michael J. Sorrell, Ed.D., President, Paul Quinn College