On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Deborah Ball served as the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor speaker at the University of Michigan's 95th Annual Honors Convocation. The theme of the convocation, “What Does It Mean to Be Free in a World Such as Ours?,” compelled the audience to consider questions such as: How does the desire for freedom intersect with civil and human rights, the pursuit of truth, and efforts to address pressing national and global problems? What roles might individuals, collectives, universities, and broader social movements play in the pursuit of freedom in today’s world?

A transcript of Ball’s remarks is available here and a video is available here.