"Free Speech Dialogues" explores the meaning and application of the right to free speech. This is the fourth panel in a series, held once each semester, that delves into such controversial topics as hate speech, religious speech, digital communications, copyright, indecency on the airwaves, and academic speech.
The topic this fall is "Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression." Whether it is rap lyrics, provocative drama on stage, path-breaking literature or graphic displays at a museum, the limits on artistic expression have long incited passions.
Panelists will consider questions such as: Should artistic expression be any less protected than political expression? What is artistic expression? When is art obscene and when is it educational? Should the freedom of the artist depend on who’s paying: public subsidies or private patrons?
Each of the three speakers will offer a brief presentation of the essentials of his or her views (about 10 minutes each), which is followed by about 45 minutes of moderated, interview-style dialogue with the other panelists. The final half hour is given to questions from the audience.