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Free Expression, Academic Freedom, and Higher Education

Northwestern is a haven for intellectual exchange and academic freedom. We treasure the sparks of innovation that ignite from collisions across difference. But such collisions—spanning disciplines, backgrounds, and worldviews—sometimes create conflict. This panel, held Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Cahn Auditorium, considered how we can manage such friction in ways that harness the power of difference for the benefit of all.

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Kathleen Hagerty (’16 P)
University Provost and First Chicago Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management

Kathleen Hagerty became provost of Northwestern University on September 1, 2020, after serving as associate provost for faculty during the 2019–20 academic year and interim dean of the Kellogg School of Management in 2018. She joined the faculty at Kellogg more than 30 years ago and has held numerous titles during her tenure. She currently holds the First Chicago Professorship in Finance. Hagerty is an accomplished scholar and respected faculty leader, with vast experience attracting and retaining top faculty in an increasingly competitive market for academic talent. Hagerty earned her bachelor of arts in mathematics, master of science in operations research, and master of business administration in finance at the University of California, Berkeley. She was awarded her PhD in economics at Stanford University.

Panel Discussion


Eli J. Finkel ’97
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; and Director, Relationships and Motivation Lab (RAMLAB)

Eli Finkel studies romantic relationships (e.g., initial attraction, marital dynamics, shared goal pursuit), American politics (e.g., political polarization), and their intersection. He is the author of the bestselling book The All-Or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work. In addition, Finkel has written more than 160 scientific papers and is a guest essayist for The New York Times. As director of the RAMLAB, Finkel leads a team of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers who employ a range of empirical methods to understand how interpersonal relationships work.


Steven G. Calabresi
Clayton J. & Henry R. Barber Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Steven Calabresi is a scholar of the federal courts, Constitutional law, and comparative law. He is the cofounder and cochairman of the Federalist Society’s Board of Directors. Calabresi worked in the West Wing of President Ronald Reagan’s White House; served as a special assistant for US Attorney General Edwin Meese III; and clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court and for Judges Robert H. Bork and Ralph K. Winter on the US Courts of Appeal. He has written more than 70 law review articles and essays and is the author of The History and Growth of Judicial Review, Volume 1: The G-20 Common Law Countries and Israel and Volume 2: The G-20 Civil Law Countries.

Nour Kteily
Professor of Management and Organizations and Codirector, Dispute Resolution Research Center, Kellogg School of Management

Nour Kteily specializes in teaching negotiation, conflict resolution, and intergroup relations. His research uses the tools of social psychology to investigate how and why conflict emerges between groups in society, and how to equitably resolve it. He considers the role of power and status differences between groups, investigating how inequality and social hierarchy exacerbate conflict. His research has been published in such journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Human Behaviour as well as general publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Harvard Business Review.

Mary Pattillo
Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of African American Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research

Mary Pattillo’s areas of interest include race and ethnicity, urban sociology, inequality, housing, education, criminal legal studies, Black communities, and qualitative methods. Her first book, Black Picket Fences, investigates the economic, spatial, and cultural forces that affect child-rearing and youth socialization in a Black middle-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Black on the Block, Pattillo’s second publication, explores gentrification and public housing transformation in Chicago’s North Kenwood–Oakland community. Pattillo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the boards of the William T. Grant Foundation and Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts. 

Alvin B. Tillery Jr.
Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 

Alvin Tillery is a specialist in American politics, Black political thought, social movements, presidential leadership, and American political development. His book, Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America, considers African Americans’ political engagement with Africa from the birth of the back-to-Africa movement in the early 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century. Tillery’s papers have been published in the American Political Science Review, Studies in American Political Development, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Black Studies.