College of Liberal Arts

Free Speech Dialogues - A Panel Discussion on Inflammatory Speech

Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Graduate School of Business Building (GSB) Room 2.124

Tara Smith, the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and Professor of Philosophy, presents "Free Speech Dialogues," a panel discussion that focuses on a particular free speech controversy.

The topic this fall is inflammatory speech – speech that is considered by many to be offensive, blasphemous, hate speech, or incendiary.

The speakers are:

Nadine Strossen, professor of law at New York Law School
Strossen has written, lectured and practiced extensively in constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. From 1991 to 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union. She was the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Among her many honors, the National Law Journal named Strossen one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," and Working Woman Magazine listed her among the "350 Women Who Changed the World 1976–1996."

Alexander Tsesis, professor of law at Loyola University, Chicago
Tsesis has authored numerous books on civil rights and the law. Earlier this year Columbia University Press published his edited volume, "Promises of Liberty: Thirteenth Amendment Abolitionism and Contemporary Relevance." He is currently writing a book about law and the American creed for Oxford University Press.

John Burnett, National Public Radio correspondent
Burnett's reports are heard regularly on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. While his primary focus concerns the issues and people of the Southwest United States, Burnett's beat stretches across the nation and around the world. His work has included coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Drug War in the Americas and the recent earthquake in Japan.

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