Free Speech, the Supreme Court and J.S. Mill | WisCommunity

What does it mean to have a constitutional right to "free speech?" According to Eric Kasper and Troy Kozma, much of the reasoning in contemporary Supreme Court cases mirrors John Stuart Mill's arguments in his famous book, "On Liberty." This is not new, as Mill's position on free speech has been advocated by some members of the Court for over a century. The advocacy of Mill's position has grown over time, to the point where it is now the dominant view expressed by Supreme Court justices in free speech cases. It is impossible to fully understand the highest court's current approach to the freedom of speech without taking into account Mill's philosophical influence. More details on recent Supreme Court cases and on J.S. Mill's philosophy will be provided by Dr. Kasper, a professor of political science at UW-Eau Claire, and Dr. Kozma, a professor of philosophy and religious studies at UWEC-Barron County. Their talk on Thursday, Sept. 15 is titled "Free Speech, the Supreme Court and J.S. Mill." Kasper also directs the Menard Center for Constitutional Studies at UWEC. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited six books, as well as authoring or co-authoring 13 academic journal articles, including several on the freedom of expression. He currently serves as the municipal judge for the City of Rice Lake. Kozma is also chair of the faculty at UWEC-BC and director of the UW Collaborative Online AAS degree program. He has M.A.s in philosophy and political science from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr Kozma also is the official headmaster of the Wizarding Camp at UWEC-BC. This and other sessions of the Thursdays at the U Lecture Series are free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the campus Foundation. All begin at 12:30 in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234) on the Barron County campus, located at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake. Neither parking permits nor seating reservations are required for attendees. For more information, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email the organizer at (

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Sep 15 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Blue Hills Lecture Hall, UW-Eau Claire – Barron County

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