Professor Shannon Gilreath participates in debate at Center for Ethics and Leadership (CEL) on April 25

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Shannon Gilreath in front of the Worrell Professional Center

Wake Forest School of Law Professor Shannon Gilreath (JD ‘02) will participate in a debate at The Center for Ethics and Leadership on the topic of “Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings on the American College Campus” from  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. The CEL and co-sponsor, The Charles Koch Foundation, will host the debate to address how much free speech should there be on the American college campus. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Austin community are welcome at the event, and admission is free.

Professor Gilreath will debate with Tara Smith, the libertarian professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, who will argue for robust speech protections on campus. Professor Gilreath will defend more restrictive rules for collegiate speech, including but not limited to, hateful or disturbing speech.

A Brown Scholar, Professor Gilreath is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation. Professor Gilreath is an advocate of interdisciplinary study and regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Identity and Law, Freedom of Religion, and Gender and the Law, according to his bio. He also teaches in the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. Professor Gilreath is a published author, active speaker for gay rights causes, frequently consults on cases, and has been widely cited in journals and the popular press.

Find more information or to register for the debate, visit the CEL event page.