Lincoln Leads Seminar 2: Should there be Limits on Free Speech?

Dr. Alexander Prescott-Couch, Ian Brownhill, Benjamin Musachio
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 19:00
Lincoln College
Turl Street
Venue details

Oakeshott Room

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

Welcome to the Lincoln Leads Seminar Series 2018.

The second seminar in the series explores the question:
Should there be Limits on Free Speech?

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance. All welcome.

Dr. Alexander Prescott-Couch (Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
Ian Brownhill (Barrister, No5 Chambers)
Benjamin Musachio (MPhil. Modern Languages)

When: Thursday, 25th January, 5.45 – 7pm. Wine Reception from 5pm
Where: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford
Chair: Lauren Malm (MSt in English (1700-1830))
Organiser: Paul Stephens, MCR Academic Representative ( )


The Lincoln Leads Seminar Series 2018 takes place on Thursday evenings during Hilary term at Lincoln College, Oxford. Each panel features an Alumnus/na, a Fellow, and a Student of the College, who will respond to a topical question linked to their research or professional experience. Following a wine reception at 5pm, each seminar will start at 5.45pm, culminating in a lively Q&A session. We have a fantastic group of panellists scheduled for the series, who aim to invite non-specialist audiences into their spheres of expertise. We therefore hope that you are eager to join them in conversation, and learn more about the exciting and diverse research connected to Lincoln.

Please see below for further details of our speakers:

Dr. Alexander Prescott-Couch is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy and History from Columbia University, and completed a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University, where he was the 2013-2014 winner of the Bowen Prize for Best Paper in Moral Philosophy. His research focuses on the philosophy of social science and political philosophy. He also has a strong interest in German philosophy, particularly Nietzsche. His paper “Explanation and Manipulation” was recently published in the September 2017 edition of ‘Noûs’.

Ian Brownhill is an experienced criminal defence practitioner who has practiced in all levels of Courts. He graduated with a BA in Jurisprudence from Lincoln College, Oxford, and earned a BVC from the College of Law. As a confident jury advocate with a busy public law practice, Ian defends protestors prosecuted for activities related to their freedom of assembly and expression, and provides criminal defence for professionals and high net worth individuals, as well as dealing with ancillary orders made by criminal courts and criminal work in High Court and Court of Appeal. Nominated for the Legal Aid Barrister of the year 2015, Ian continues to handle cases for both private and insurer funded clients as well as legally aided criminal defence work.

Benjamin Musachio is a M.Phil student in Modern Languages and Literatures, with a focus on Russian literature. He graduated Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. degree in Slavic Languages & Literatures and Philosophy. His current research interests include the Anglo-American reception of Soviet literature and the history of Russian literary culture in Latvia. Previously, he examined American conservatives’ divergent interpretations of Boris Pasternak’s novel, ‘Doctor Zhivago’. He looks forward to beginning his PhD studies in Slavics at Princeton University in 2019.