Frederick M. Lawrence

James P. Elder Lecture and Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Whitley Auditorium

​Frederick M. Lawrence is a renowned civil rights scholar, author and secretary/CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. A distinguished lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center, he previously served as president of Brandeis University, dean of the George Washington University Law School and visiting professor and senior research scholar at Yale Law School.

He is the author of, “Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law,” a book that examines bias-motivated violence and the laws governing how that violence is punished in the United States. He is an opinion contributor to The Hill and U.S. News & World Report, and frequently contributes opinion pieces to Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Observer, The New York Daily News and The Huffington Post.

At Phi Beta Kappa, he has focused on advocacy for the arts, humanities and sciences, championing free expression, free inquiry and academic freedom. The nation’s first and most prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa has 286 chapters, including Elon’s chapter, and 50 alumni associations.

Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 26 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.