Geoffrey Stone's Aims of Education Address

Examining the Importance of Free Expression

Prof. Geoffrey R. Stone gave the newest undergraduate students in the College a sweeping account of the many historical reasons why freedom of expression is one of the University of Chicago’s core values—and why that freedom has always been in jeopardy of some kind.

Stone, JD’71, who has spent much of his Law School career examining free speech, delivered the 54th Aims of Education address, traditionally the first extended academic lecture that first-year students attend as a group. His Sept. 22 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel was followed by discussions with faculty members in the students' residential house communities. 

His address to the Class of 2020 described free expression as essential to the work of challenging received wisdom and intellectual authorities—tasks that he said are part of the students’ academic responsibility.

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