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Paul Levy Interview: A Resolute Stand on Free Expression

October 8, 2018 by Paul S. Levy

In April 2018, Paul S. Levy resigned as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and as an overseer of its law school, to protest the University’s treatment of law professor Amy Wax. Despite his long-standing close ties to the institution as a board member, alumnus, and major donor, he took a resolute stand in defense of Professor Wax’s academic freedom. His resignation drew national public attention and was covered in multiple national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. This video shares highlights from an extensive and illuminating conversation between Mr. Levy and ACTA President Michael Poliakoff.

On October 12, 2018, ACTA proudly presented the Jerry L. Martin Prize for Excellence in College Trusteeship to Mr. Levy for his steadfast commitment to protecting academic freedom. The award was established in 2015 to honor trustees who have shown exceptional courage and effectiveness in challenging the groupthink and status quo mentality that threatens the future of American higher education. Paul Levy has conducted himself in a way that sets a new standard for university governance.


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