Dartmouth’s Law Day Celebration features a lecture by Nadine Strossen, author of Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship.
We live in an era in which offensive speech is on the rise. Given its potential for harm, should this speech be banned? Nadine Strossen's new book dispels the many misunderstandings that have clouded the debates about "hate speech vs. free speech." She explains how U.S. law distinguishes between punishable and protected discriminatory speech, and shows that more speech restrictive laws consistently have suppressed vital expression about public issues. Strossen argues that an expansive approach to the First Amendment is most effective at promoting democracy, equality, and societal harmony.
“Nadine Strossen speaks power to Hate.” -- Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair
“This book provides a powerful and subtle defense of free speech. Don’t miss it.” -- Dr. Cornel West
Nadine Strossen is Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School and the first woman to be national president of the ACLU, where she served from 1991-2008.
Sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, this talk is free and open to the public.
The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with copies of Hate for purchase and signing.
HATE dispels misunderstandings plaguing our perennial debates about "hate speech vs. free speech," showing that the First Amendment approach promotes free speech and democracy, equality, and societal harmony. We hear too many incorrect assertions that "hate speech" -- which has no generally accepted definition -- is either absolutely unprotected or absolutely protected from censorship.