Professor Harald Uhlig’s student session on Thursday, November 17 went off without a hitch. For the first half hour of his session, he lectured on the history and cruciality of academic freedom—the unfettered production of knowledge—and free speech, understood as people’s liberty to express their viewpoints.
Then, Uhlig generously fielded student questions for about half an hour.
Sanjay Srivatsan, a Thinker staff writer who is also the vice president of the College Republicans, posted a picture of the event attendees:
Uhlig quote-tweeted Srivatsan, thanking him along with Thinker staff writer Aatman Vakil and the Thinker:
As the Thinker reported in the runup to Uhlig’s event, he is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the Bruce Allen and Barbara Ritzenthaler Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago.
During the fiery summer of 2020, a cancel mob attempted to force him to resign from the editorship of the Journal of Political Economy over remarks critical of Black Lives Matter. The mob was unsuccessful and Uhlig’s contract expired, as planned, in June 2021.