CU-Boulder: The Problem of Self-Censorship in American Public Discourse

University of Colorado, Boulder

Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization: “The Problem of Self-Censorship in American Public Discourse”


The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado – Boulder will be hosting Glenn Loury for a lecture on freedom of expression and self-censorship.

Perhaps more insidious than the outright prohibition of expressing contrary opinions are the myriad ways in which, fearing social disapprobation, we elect to censor ourselves. Drawing on classical and contemporary texts, this lecture explores the logic of tacitly coerced conformity, and applies that logic to a number of currently relevant cases.

Monday, February 8, 2021 • 6:00 PM MST
A virtual webinar

Free and open to the public, registration required.

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Glenn Loury, Brown UniversityGlenn Loury is Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown University. He holds a BA in Mathematics (Northwestern) and a PhD in Economics (M.I.T). As an economic theorist he has published widely and lectured throughout the world on his research. He is also among America’s leading critics writing on racial inequality. He has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economics Association, as a Member of the American Philosophical Society and of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, and as a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization promotes critical reflection on the distinctive traditions and political perspectives that characterize Western Civilization. The Center encourages residents of Colorado and the United States to more fully understand and appreciate their past, their future and a free and creative American society within an International environment. Integral to this mission is the Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue about the fundamental ideals of our time. Its efforts are grounded in academic research and study that foster an understanding of the historical context of Western Civilization. The Center focuses on and explores the values that grow out of historical Western traditions and trace their influence on the world, and, in particular, to study their role in the foundations and ongoing institutions of the United States.

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