Center for Freedom and Western Civilization

The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization is a forum for civic debate and scholarly research that enlivens the intellectual discourse among students and faculty by promoting a set of ideals that have their origins in Western civilization, but are universal in scope and appeal.

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Events and Recordings

Recent Law and Policy Impact

2021 Constitution Day Debate Highlighted Internet Immunity Issues Now Before the Supreme Court 

In February, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing oral arguments on the scope of the immunity granted to Internet companies by “Section 230.” This immunity, granted by Congress in 1996 — two years before Google — is sometimes referred to as “the 26 words that created the Internet.” The Court’s decisions on the two cases before it could dramatically reshape the Internet environment. 

Colgate's Constitution Day Debate

Support and Collaboration

One of the important resources supporting the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization's mission as forum for civic debate and scholarly research is the financial support of generous donors. Gifts from these supporters fund student and faculty research, support invitations that bring leading thinkers to the Colgate campus, and allow the center to enliven the intellectual discourse among Colgate students and faculty.

To make a gift: click below, select "Other" as your gift's designation, and write in Center for Freedom and Western Civilization in the comments field.

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The center welcomes outreach from organizations, centers, and institutes at other institutions whose goals align with Colgate's Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. In the past and present, the center has found synergies in its programming with organizations such as:

To inquire about collaboration or partnership, please contact co-directors Carolyn Guile ( and Robert Kraynak (


Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for Freedom & Western Civilization
132 Persson Hall
Associate Professor of Art; Co-Director, Center for Freedom & Western Civilization
Academic Department Coordinator, Political Science Department & International Relations Program