U.S. Law and Civil Liberties Expert to Speak at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School on February 12

(Joplin, MO) – As part of the Steven McCollum Distinguished Speakers Series, presented by Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (TJIDS), the school will host a discussion featuring New York Law School professor emerita, past president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and constitutional law expert Nadine Strossen.

Strossen’s talk is set for 6:30 pm on Monday, February 12, in the TJIDS Concert Hall of the Humphreys Arts and Student Life Complex (3401 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO). She will give a presentation on her “Free to Speak” series, which promotes conversations about free speech with the next generation. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Strossen, who served as president of the ACLU for 17 years, is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita at New York Law School and a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Individual Rights and Education. She is a leading expert, frequent speaker, and media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties and has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. She serves on the advisory boards of the ACLU, Academic Freedom Alliance, Heterodox Academy, National Coalition Against Censorship, and the University of Austin.

Strossen is the author of HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (2018) and Free Speech: What Everyone Needs to Know (2023). She will be available after the February 12 presentation for questions and to sign her books if attendees bring a copy to the event.

This is Strossen’s second time speaking at TJIDS. She previously held a discussion at the school in 2019. TJIDS is proud to have her back as a part of the speaker series and to offer this free event to the surrounding communities.

“At TJIDS, we challenge students to think critically, communicate clearly, and develop a strong moral compass. So, we are excited to host Nadine Strossen again and offer this invaluable experience to our community to hear one of our nation’s most prominent law and civil liberties experts speak,” said Jeff Park, TJIDS President.

For more information about the event or TJIDS, contact the school at 417.781.5124.

About Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School:

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is located in Joplin, Missouri, and delivers a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum in a supportive and nurturing environment.

TJIDS serves the four-state area and is the region’s only non-sectarian independent college preparatory school. Led by caring and committed faculty, TJIDS’ diverse learning community creates well-grounded, positive attitudes and fosters responsibility and self-discipline.

All TJIDS graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities, with $7 million plus merit-based scholarships offered to the class of 2023.

TJIDS admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on race, color, national and ethnic origin in its education policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.

For more information about Special Visit Days, admissions, or TJIDS, contact our Admissions Office at 417.781.5124 or by email at admissions@tjeffschool.org.


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