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Alumni | Freedom of Expression

Liberal Arts, Free Expression, and the Demosthenes-Feynman Trap

December 13, 2017 by Robert J. Zimmer Download PDF Press Release

University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer delivers remarks upon accepting the 2017 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. He spoke of how the “openness of universities to divergent and clashing ideas, to analytic debate, to rigor, and to questioning, is a critical ingredient in illuminating societal, scientific, and humanistic issues.” President Zimmer stressed that because “universities are virtually unique in making this long-term contribution only highlights their importance to society.” The award was presented on October 20, 2017.

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