Gerhard Casper Book Launch Celebration and Reception

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bechtel Conference Center



President Emeritus


in conversation with

James Sheehan,


George Shultz and


Marilyn Yalom

about his new book


The Winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University




During his tenure as president of Stanford University, Gerhard Casper established a reputation as a tireless, forward-thinking advocate for higher education. His achievements as head of one of America’s very best higher education institutions have been widely acknowledged, and his speeches renowned for their intelligence, humanity, wit, and courage in confronting head-on the most pressing concerns facing our nation’s universities. From affirmative action and multiculturalism to free speech, politics, public service, and government regulation, Casper addresses the controversial issues currently debated on college campuses and in our highest courts. With great insight and candor, each chapter explores the context of these specific challenges to higher education and provides Casper’s stimulating speeches delivered in response. In addressing these vital concerns, Casper outlines the freedoms that a university must encourage and defend and the essential roles of its administration, its faculty, and its students in the ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

Reception to follow.