The Knowlton Visiting Scholar Program brings together faculty and students from various departments to promote interdisciplinary discussion and scholarship. The marquee event is the Charles W. Knowlton Law & Liberal Arts Lecture, which is also open to the public and features internationally known scholars from a variety of disciplines.
The 2017 Charles W. Knowloton Law & Liberal Arts Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 5 p.m. at the School of Law auditorium. A reception will follow at 6 p.m.
This year's lecture is titled, "Freedom of Speech and the Modern University," and will be presented by Robert Post, dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. The lecture will discuss how university policies are changing the way faculty, staff, and students exercise their first amendment rights. This is Post's second appearance as part of the Knowlton Lecture. Post was the inaugural speaker of the series, appearing in 1989, before it had been named in honor of Charles W. Knowlton. At the time, Post was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1989, professors Nathan Crystal of the Law School and the late Ferdinand Schoeman of the Philosophy Department collaborated to develop the concept of an interdisciplinary visiting scholar program. With the support of the Deans of their respective colleges, two seminars took place. In 1989 Professor Robert Post of the University of California at Berkeley led a seminar on "Community and Liberalism: Problems with Free Speech and Privacy." In 1990 Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law School conducted a seminar on "The Impact of Feminist Theory on Law, the Humanities, and Social Science."
The next year family and friends of distinguished Columbia attorney Charles Wilson Knowlton began establishment of an endowment in his memory to support the program, which is now known as the Charles Knowlton Law and Liberal Arts Visiting Scholar Program.
The lecture is made possible by generous support from the Knowlton Family; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; and the many friends and associates of Charles Knowlton who admired his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.