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"...freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth."

Justice Louis D. Brandeis


"The protection of academic and intellectual freedoms requires a constant reminder of their value and vulnerability. To provide for that reminder, the Faculty of the University of Michigan hereby resolves to establish an Annual Senate Lecture on Academic and on Intellectual Freedom..."


University of Michigan
Senate Assembly Resolution
Adopted November 19, 1990


The Academic Freedom Lecture Fund is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible under IRS regulations.  No goods or services are provided to the contributors.

The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Symposium
University of Michigan Senate's
Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on
Academic and Intellectual Freedom

"Fragility of our Freedoms"

Natalie Zemon DavisNatalie Zemon Davis

Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita
Princeton, University

Adjunct Professor of History and Medieval Studies
Senior Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Literature
University of Toronto

"Experiencing Exclusion: Scholarship
in the Wake of Inquisition"

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Natalie Zemon Davis

Joan Wallach Scott

Joan Wallach Scott

Professor Emerita
School of Social Science

Institute for Advanced Study

djunct Professor of History
Graduate Center
City University of New York

"Civility and Academic Freedom"


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2015 Symposium

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Keeping in  Mind

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The 2015 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Symposium on Academic and Intellectual Freedom is sponsored by the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund, American Association of University Professors University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Chapter and Michigan Conference, University of Michigan: Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice-President for Government Relations, Law School, Medical School, Women's Studies, the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs and an Anonymous Donor.  This lecture is free and open to the public.










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