Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: The Press and Freedom of the Press in the 20th and 21st Centurie

Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: The Press and Freedom of the Press in the 20th and 21st Centurie

Lee Bollinger

9.29.2008

Lee Bollinger

A noted first amendment legal scholar, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger was at the center of two major 2003 U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging affirmative action policies at the University of Michigan, where he previously served as president. His two highly acclaimed contributions to first amendment literature include “Images of a Free Press,” published by the University of Chicago Press in 1991 and “The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America,” published in 1986 by Oxford University Press. Bollinger made headlines in September 2007 when Columbia hosted a lecture from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger gives a lecture entitled "Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: The Press and Freedom of the Press in the 20th and 21st Centuries." He discusses the challenges facing the business of journalism during the Internet age which has seen decreasing newspaper circulations because of free online content and less advertising revenues. He examines the paradox the Internet offers by expanding access to public information, while damaging the 20th Century model of the news gathering business. He also touches on the effects of globalization on the democratic concept of free speech and freedom of the press throughout the world.