POL 477 / CHV 477 / JRN 477

Expressive Rights and Wrongs: Speech, Offense, and Commemoration

Stephen J. Macedo

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American law protects racist hate speech, pornography, and (much) lying. Other countries permit more restrictions on harmful speech, should we? Or will that undermine truth-seeking, political competition, and other values? Should speech be regulated instead by social norms, social media companies, and universities? Is “cancel culture” a problem? And what should we – as political communities and universities – honor and memorialize? How should we balance recognition of heritage and inclusion of people from diverse cultures and historically marginalized groups? Seminars will include debates. Active weekly participation required of all.

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