Free Expression
Leadership Communications

Provost Diermeier works with President Zimmer to uphold the University’s commitment to free expression and academic freedom.

President Zimmer delivers testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the state of free expression on college campuses in the United States.

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Leadership Communications

This page features selected speeches, articles, and other communications from the President and Provost on the subject of free expression and academic freedom.

Universities, Education, and Free Expression 
Robert J. Zimmer, President
City Club of Cleveland
October 3, 2018 (Video)

A Conversation with Robert Zimmer
Robert J. Zimmer, President
Heterodox Academy Open Mind Awards & Conference, New York
June 15, 2018
(Video)

Testimony – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
Robert J. Zimmer, President
Hearing on Campus Free Speech,
Washington D.C.
October 26, 2017
(Video)

Liberal Arts, Free Expression, and the Demosthenes-Feynman Trap
Robert J. Zimmer, President
American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) 2017 Merrill Awards, Washington D.C.
October 20, 2017
(Acceptance Address)

Free Expression
Daniel Diermeier, Provost
Orientation Week Remarks
The University of Chicago
September 18, 2017 (Video)

Charlottesville and Free Expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President
The University of Chicago
August 22, 2017
(Statement)

Free Expression and Campus Life
Robert J. Zimmer, President
Chicago Humanities Festival Event on Speech and Privilege
July 29, 2017 (Address)

Safeguarding Free Expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President
The Forum – American Council of
Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)

June 5, 2017 (Interview)

 

Free Expression on University Campuses: The Chicago Principles
Robert J. Zimmer, President
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
March 30, 2017
(Address)

Free Speech Is the Basis of a True Education
Robert J. Zimmer, President
The Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2016
(Opinion-Editorial)

Articulating and defending free expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Eric D. Isaacs, Provost
The University of Chicago
September 25, 2014
(Statement)

Academic Freedom
Robert J. Zimmer, President
Conference: “What Is Academic Freedom For?”
Columbia University, New York
October 21, 2009 (Address)

Freedom of Expression and Protest
Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Provost
October 20, 2009
(Statement)

Diversity
Robert J. Zimmer, President
The University of Chicago
October 10, 2007
(Statement)

“The commitment to maintain open, rigorous, intense inquiry in an environment of maximal intellectual freedom is not a simple one. It is difficult and to succeed demands a culture and community that will support it. The University of Chicago holds these as its highest values and we seek to reinforce them at every turn.”

Robert Zimmer
President
The University of Chicago