Franklin College to Kick Off 2022-23 Convocation Lecture Series with Focus on Free Speech

Franklin College will host the first event in its 2022-23 Convocation Lecture Series on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room in the Napolitan Student Center.

The event will be a community conversation with Nadine Strossen, J.D., moderated by John Krull, director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism. Strossen will talk about free speech and why it matters.

Strossen is a New York Law School Professor Emerita, past president of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), a frequent speaker/media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties and has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. She authored “HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship” (2018). In celebration of Constitution Day, Strossen will speak about her work in preserving free speech in our society. The interview-format presentation will be moderated by Franklin College Professor John Krull, Director of the Pulliam School of Journalism.

Franklin College tradition includes hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series that promotes the ideals of the institution. The college upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual and professional growth for a lifetime. The college values people of integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

This event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to register at For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, esports, Greek life, musical and theatre productions and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

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