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Academics in the public debate: come discuss academic freedom at our dialogue session

16 January 2024

On 14 February, the university’s Academic Freedom Core Team is holding a dialogue session on the role of academics in the public debate and how this relates to academic freedom. There are different perspectives on this topical issue.

How should academics join the public debate? Is active participation in societal discussions part of their job description and if so, is this participation protected under academic freedom? Or do the rights and duties of citizens become intermingled with those of academics if academics demonstrate in cap and gown on the A12 motorway or are active with title and all on X (Twitter)?

These questions are central to the second university dialogue session on academic freedom: a conversation to which the whole Leiden academic community, students and staff, is invited.


The dialogue session will be held on 14 February from 14.30-16.30 hours at PLNT, Langegracht 70, Leiden. Registraton is required. Would you like to attend? You can sign up here. More information on the dialogue session can be found here.

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