Mitchell Lecture Series

Spring 2018 Mitchell Lecture

Lecture

The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age
Many of the most important free speech controversies in recent years have been shaped by the economic and technological changes of the Second Gilded Age — an era of increasing economic inequality and vast fortunes brought about by economic deregulation, globalization, and digital technologies. This lecture, featuring Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, will address how changes in technology and political economy have shaped debates about the free speech principle, and why we must rethink the purposes of free speech in the Second Gilded Age.

Balkin

Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. He is the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies. He also directs the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, and the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale.

Professor Balkin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a frequent author of articles on constitutional theory, Internet law, freedom of speech, reproductive rights, jurisprudence, and the theory of ideology.

He received his Ph