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  Secretary Lawrence Testifies Before the House of Representatives

Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence —an expert on free speech, academic freedom, and bias crime— recently testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about free speech on American college campuses. Lawrence explored the contours of free speech, academic freedom, and civility, basing his testimony on remarks he previously delivered to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and at a meeting of the AACU. 


      What I Learned as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Sterling Professor of Spanish at Yale University Rolena Adorno, who recently received the Modern Language Association’s Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement, reflects on her year as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in The Key Reporter:

"The reader will be surprised to learn (as was I) that my seemingly remote and esoteric-sounding interests generated eight invitations and, therefore, eight unique and unforgettable campus visits."

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Behind the Key

      The Members Behind The Key

Robert Cooper (ΦΒΚ, Williams College) is a scientist who believes in the importance of public conversations about science. He volunteers at science outreach events and was a lead organizer for the March for Science in San Diego, California. After studying physics in college and graduating from Princeton University with a PhD in molecular biology, he is now completing a postdoc at UC San Diego.    

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