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Snyder speaks frequently about free expression and academic freedom

with his Carleton colleague, historian Amna Khalid. This profile​ from the

Carleton Voice explains why these issues matter to them.

Here's a short list of some of their recent talks:

The Protections of Academic Freedom

     A Conversation About Academic Freedom

     Mitchell Hamline School of Law, April 2024


Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee:

Campus Censorship from the ‘Stop WOKE Act’ to Israel-Palestine   

     Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression

     Wesleyan University, March 2024


First, Do No Harm?

Campus Free Speech in the Age of ‘Inclusion and ‘Belonging’

     President’s Speakers Series

     Medical College of Wisconsin, March 2024


Free Speech Under Fire:

Campus Controversies from the War on 'Woke Indoctrination' to the War in Gaza

     Annual American Ideals Lecture

     North Carolina State, February 2024


The Promise of Diversity and the Problem with DEI, Inc.:

Why a Corporate Approach to Campus DEI Issues is So Misguided

     Opening Plenary Address

     Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference, August 2023


Dark Times for Academic Freedom in the Sunshine State:

Ron DeSantis's War against 'Woke Indoctrination' in Higher Ed 

     Academic Freedom in a Global Perspective Series

     UC Berkeley, March 2023


Khalid and Snyder enjoy visiting different campuses to engage with students, faculty, administrators and staff. For speaking requests and inquiries, please email Snyder at


Khalid and Snyder have written extensively about threats to free expression on campus and beyond. These threats--including book bans, anti-CRT laws and campus speech codes--come from across the political spectrum. Khalid and Snyder are particularly interested in the relationship between intellectual freedom and social justice. See, for example, their work on:

  • the sometimes thorny relationship between campus DEI and academic freedom in the Chronicle Review


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