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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


Due to an unforeseeable emergency, our event with Sigal Ben-Porath will be postponed indefinitely. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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.


Sigal Ben-Porath is the MRMJJ University Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a member of the philosophy and the political science departments. She received her doctorate in political philosophy from Tel-Aviv university in 2000, and was a fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values, The Institute for Advanced Studies, Tel-Aviv University’s Safra Center for Ethics, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her recent books are Cancel Wars (Chicago 2023), Free Speech on Campus (Penn Press, 2017) as well as Making Up Our Mind (with Michael Johanek, Chicago 2019). She chaired Penn’s Committee on Open Expression 2015-2019, and serves on the boards of the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia, Middlebury’s Conflict Transformation Center, and Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young. In recent years she offers guidance to college campuses on policy development and responses to controversies surrounding speech.




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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October 24, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Morehead Lounge, Graham Memorial Hall
218 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States


Parr Center for Ethics
(919) 843-5640
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