March 18, 2021
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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Hate Speech Lecture - "Why Should Hatemongers and Extremists Have Free Speech Rights?" presented by Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II, Professor of Law, Emerita, New York Law School.

We regularly hear charges that certain speech, including on campuses and social media, constitutes "hate speech" that should be censored. Professor Strossen shares the important goals of censorship proponets: equality, dignity, diversity, inclusivity, and societal harmony. However, having studied the actul impact of censorship around the world and throughout history, she concludes that censorhsip is ineffective for promoting these goals, and even counterproductive. Along with other human rights activists, Professor Strossen concludes that aniti-hate-speech laws disproportionately suppress the voices and causes of the traditionally marginalized groups that hate speech laws seek to benefit. She urges that some constructive steps for countering discrimination and violence focus on discriminatory attitudes and actions, through "counterspeech" and vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, including laws against "hate crimes."

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


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