A Symposium for College Professors

May 1-2, 2009

Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut

The symposium is a unique opportunity for college faculty to hear top experts in the field of free speech and discuss the latest First Amendment debates. The day and a half long program, which is organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and co-sponsored by the ACLU of Connecticut, will include sessions on censorship of arts, culture and new media, hate speech and campus speech codes, press freedoms, academic freedom and student speech rights as well as a historical overview of the First Amendment in the 20th Century.

The information and materials provided in the symposium are specifically intended to aid faculty enhance curriculum content on free speech issues. The small number of participants will provide optimal opportunities for personal connections, networking and exchange of expertise.


Francis Couvares, Professor of History and American Studies at Amherst College and author of Movie Censorship and American Culture

Chris Finan, President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, historian and author of From the Palmer Raids to the PATRIOT Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America

Martin B. Margulies, Professor of Constitutional Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, First Amendment litigator,  past member of ACLU and CFAR boards

Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of the Arts Program at NCAC and co-editor of Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression

Alan Neigher, Expert in entertainment and communications law, libel and slander, and copyright

John Palfrey, Professor at Harvard Law School and co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law at New York Law School and former President of the Board of the ACLU

The symposium is open to any Connecticut college faculty member and should be especially valuable to liberal arts and media/communications faculty. Space is limited to 40 participants. Please register early to secure your spot.

Registration information:
Space is limited to 40 participants. Please register early to secure your spot.
Download the registration form here.

Symposium materials and meals will be provided. Participants will receive a $75 stipend for travel expenses.

For more information e-mail [email protected]

Phone inquiries: (212) 807-6222 extension 13, (860) 906-5102 or (860) 541-3339

This event is generously funded by the Ford Foundation through the Institute for International Education.

Image by D Sharon Pruitt


Hotel information:

Residence Inn Marriott (door connecting through to Capital Community College)
Downtown Hartford
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT  06103
860-524-5550 phone      
860-524-0624 fax

Group code:  NCANCAD
The hotel is offering a rate of $99 per night for a loft/one bedroom suite equipped with a full kitchen, living room and separate sleeping area.  All suites include a sofa bed accommodating up to 4 people per room.  There is a complimentary expanded breakfast from 7 AM – 10 AM on Friday – Sunday.  Parking for hotel guests is reduced to $5/day.  Parking for non hotel guests attending the symposium is $10/day.  All parking tickets need to be validated at the front desk of the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Hartford Downtown
50 Morgan Street
Hartford, CT  06120
860-549-2400 phone
860-549-2400 fax

Group code:  NCZ

The hotel is offering a rate of $75 per night for a king sleep advantage bed.  There is complimentary parking for overnight guests at this hotel.