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Parr Center Presents: Sigal Ben-Porath
October 24, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cancel Wars: How Universities Can Promote Free Speech, Foster Inclusion, and Renew Democracy
Sigal Ben-Porath, University of Pennsylvania
October 24, 2023 | 5:30PM | Morehead Lounge, Graham Memorial Hall
The boundaries of what we can say in public – norms around speech, freedom of expression, and the consequences for transgressing – are shifting with the rise in polarization. In this talk, Sigal Ben-Porath, author of the recent book Cancel Wars, illustrates these changing norms in their political and social contexts, and focuses on the ways in which schools and higher education institutions are affected by them. She argues that as flashpoints of the current culture wars, colleges and universities can and should take an active role in challenging, and even reversing, these trends. The actions that students, faculty, and administrators take can spark depolarization, and thus support democratic renewal on campus and throughout society.
This event is free and open to the public, and will run for approximately 90 minutes. Light refreshments will be served after Q&A and discussion.
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