Cross-boundary dialogue on hot-button political issues
Common Ground is a multi-format program to help prepare students for active citizenship. Designed to explore cross-boundary political thought and complex social issues, Common Ground brings highly respected thought leaders to the Hamilton campus to participate in small classroom dialogues and large event discussions. Topics intertwined with the College’s curriculum are chosen to foster critical thinking and holistic examination of difficult and often contentious national and global policy issues.
March 27, 2023, 7 p.m.
“What Does Freedom Mean in Online Speech?” features two experts who will examine the issue of online speech from different perspectives. David Brody is the Managing Attorney of the Digital Justice Initiative. Its mission is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law. Shoshana Weissmann is the Digital Director at R Street, the leading think tank engaged in policy research in support of free markets and limited, effective government. Professor of Government Rob Martin will moderate.
The Common Ground series returned to Hamilton on February 22 with a panel focusing on privacy. Panelists were Brad Weltman, director of privacy and public policy at Meta, and Jessica Rich, former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and former head of the FTC’s division of privacy and identity theft. Their discussion was moderated by Stuart Ingis ’93, chair at the law firm Venable and co-chair to its eCommerce, privacy, and cybersecurity segment.
Christina Romer, a professor of economics at University of California, Berkeley, and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under the Obama administration, engaged in a dialogue with Greg Mankiw, a Harvard University professor of economics and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.
Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice
Jim Messina and Reince Priebus
Mike Dubke ’92 and Marc Elias ’90
David Axelrod and Karl Rove
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