Speeches about free speech showcase first amendment rights today
September 13, 2017
Two daytime presentations for the VCU and greater community explore free speech in the 21st century. Both programs, to be held at James Branch Cabell's Lecture Hall, are free and open to all.
- Sept. 20, noon to 1:30 p.m., VCU scholars historian John Kneebone, Ph.D., and political scientist John Augenbaugh, Ph.D., discuss how freedom of speech has been defined historically and how the polarization of public opinion can incite violent response. Thier conversation is titled "You Can't Say That! What does the U.S. Constitution Protect in terms of Free Speech?
- Sept. 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m., a national expert on intellectual freedom, James LaRue, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, speaks about "Free Speech on Campus Today." He is the author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges.