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Tzedek Program-Biases- “Freedom Of Speech Gets Squeezed From All Sides” with Guest Speaker Jeff Robbins

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 17 Tevet 5782

7:30 PM - 9:00 PMvia Zoom

Jeff Robbins is a nationally recognized First Amendment lawyer and civil litigator, who will speak about the right to free speech, perhaps the best known of the First Amendment rights but also perhaps the most controversial.

Disrespected in some quarters, distorted in others, perhaps more so on university campuses, where once administrators wielded their power to block speech about civil rights or ending the war in Vietnam, now self-styled "progressive" students wield theirs to attempt to block speech that they believe deviates from what they have decreed is politically acceptable.

This is particularly true for Jewish students who support Israel’s right to existFirst Amendment legend Floyd Abrams has said that the greatest threat to American free speech comes not from government but from within academia, principally from "a minority of students who strenuously and, I think it is fair to say, contemptuously, disapprove of the views of speakers whose view of the world is different from theirs, and who seek to prevent those views from being heard." 

In 2014, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law appointed Jeff Robbins to their Legal Advisory Board.
As a member of the 
board, Robbins advises the Center regarding legal aspects of the Center’s fight against campus anti-Semitism. Robbins has written widely on politics, foreign policy and national security matters for the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, The Times of Israel and the New York Observer.
He is a 
visiting professor of the practice of political science at Brown University, where he teaches courses on congressional investigations and political journalism. He has received awards for public service from the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the General Services Administration.

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