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Book Talk: Free Speech on Campus

2017-11-28 23:30 2017-11-29 00:30 15 Penn GSE Event: Book Talk: Free Speech on Campus Dr. Alex Posecznick DD/MM/YYYY
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Penn Book Center (130 South 34th Street)

Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath discusses her new book from Penn Press, FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS, on11/28/17 at the Penn Book Center. All are welcome.

In her new book, FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS, Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath examines the current state of the arguments, using real-world examples to explore the contexts in which conflicts erupt, as well as to assess the place of identity politics and concern with safety and dignity within them. She offers a useful framework for thinking about free-speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom, shifting the focus away from disputes about legality and harm and toward democracy and inclusion. Ben-Porath provides readers with strategies to de-escalate tensions and negotiate highly charged debates surrounding trigger warnings, safe spaces, and speech that verges on hate. Everyone with a stake in campus controversies—professors, students, administrators, and informed members of the wider public—will find something valuable in Ben-Porath's illuminating discussion of these crucially important issues.


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Dr. Alex Posecznick