POL 477 / CHV 477 / JRN 477 (EM)

Expressive Rights and Wrongs: Speech, Offense, and Commemoration

Stephen J. Macedo

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We protect expressive liberty in the US even when it takes the form of racist hate speech, pornography, and (much) lying: Should we follow other countries and permit more restrictions on harmful speech? Or will that undermine truth-seeking and other values? Can we rely on the restraining effect of social norms? Should universities restrict more campus speech? And what should we – as political communities and universities – honor and memorialize? How should we balance the recognition of heritage and the inclusion of people from diverse cultures? Seminars will often include debates. Active weekly participation required of all.

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