Justice and Free Speech

Let's Talk About Antiracism With Ibram X. Kendi

Columbia School of Social Work’s Courtney Cogburn spoke with the author about his book, what it means to be antiracist, and the role of universities in helping to combat racism.


How America’s approach to poverty could change in a Biden administration, Congress willing

The president-elect proposed raising the child tax credit for low-income families from $2,000 to $3,000, a change that Columbia University researchers said could move 4 million children out of poverty.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 12, 2020

California must reduce jail and prison populations to fight COVID-19 — and racism

Justice Lab's Bruce Western and Yale's Emily Yang write about how the inmate population in California must be reduced drastically in order to combat COVID-19.

Sacramento Bee
November 6, 2020

8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up

Research from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy shows that millions of people in the United States have fallen into poverty since May.

The New York Times
October 15, 2020

Justice and Free Speech Research

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Parole and Probation Reform in the COVID-19 Era

The Justice Lab’s Vincent Schiraldi talked to Columbia News about the center’s work that is featured in a new Human Rights Watch and ACLU report.



From the President's Desk

Columbia President Lee Bollinger's First Amendment scholarship

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Free Speech on Campus Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

June 12, 2019 essay in The Atlantic.

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World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2019 interview with Time.

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Punish Khashoggi’s Killers

March 31, 2019 op-ed column in The Washington Post.

Book cover for "The Free Speech Century"
The Free Speech Century

Co-edited book offers context for today’s free speech debates.