UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Professor Jessica Flanigan and student Alec Greven have been awarded grant funding to develop research that will help advance free speech on college campuses.

Flanigan, an associate professor of leadership studies and politics, philosophy, economics and law, and Greven, a junior who led a campus-wide initiative to reform the university’s speech and conduct codes, will develop “The Open Inquiry Toolkit.”

Their research is meant to develop helpful information for students and faculty about programs, and free speech strategies aimed at advancing the discussion of free speech on college campuses.

"Our main goal is to develop a framework for promoting free speech and independent thought in classrooms and throughout student culture," said Flanigan.

The $3,500 funding supporting this project is provided by the Institute for Humane Studies, an organization that supports and partners with professors to promote the teaching and research of classical liberal ideas and to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress.


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Flanigan is the Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics and Democratic Values and is an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies the University of Richmond. She previously served as the coordinator of the Ethics Working Group and the University’s Ethics Fellow. She is currently serving on the Presidential Task Force on Freedom of Expression.

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics & Democratic Values
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