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Bipartisan Policy Center: Can America’s Universities Survive the Cancel Wars? A Discussion with Author Sigal R. Ben-Porath

February 27, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

On February 27, 2023 at 11 am ET, JMC’s Faculty Partner Daniel Cullen will sit down for a virtual discussion with author Sigal R. Ben-Porath of her new book, Cancel Wars: How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy. Faculty partner Jacqueline Pfeffer-Merrill will moderate:

In today’s charged political environment, fear of social and professional consequences for disagreeing openly with the dominant in-group orthodoxy keeps people from expressing their thoughts and debating ideas. This can be particularly damaging at a university, the very institution whose mission is to test ideas, even those considered taboo.

The virtual discussion is free and open to the public – register now!

Monday, February 27, 2023 • 11:00 AM ET

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Featured Participants 

Sigal R. Ben-Porath

Dr. Ben-Porath received her doctorate in political philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2000. She was awarded two successive Tel Aviv University President’s postdoctoral grants. In 2001-2004, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Dr. Ben-Porath has been teaching at Penn GSE since 2004. She is an associate member of the political science department and the philosophy department at Penn. She served as a special assistant to the university president, and as chair of the faculty advisory board to Penn Press. She is executive committee member of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. In 2012-2013 she was affiliated with the Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, and in 2020-2021 she was a fellow in residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.

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Daniel Cullen

Daniel Cullen is Professor of Philosophy and directs the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy, a program supporting teaching, scholarship and critical discussion of the principles of constitutional government and the philosophical sources of those principles in the Western intellectual tradition. Cullen is Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Constitutional Principles and History, and he serves on the Center’s Academic Council. Cullen also serves on the board of the Association for Core Texts Studies and Courses, an international organization devoted to the advancement of liberal education.

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Moderated By

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill 
Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill is director of the BPC Campus Free Expression Project. She works with senior college leaders to provide consultative assistance and expertise in approaches that will support a campus culture that is diverse, inclusive, and open to robust intellectual exchange. In this work, she convenes closed and public events. In partnership with BPC Action, she engages staff of U.S. Congress members to help Congress better understand that colleges and universities, not government, are the best stewards of campus free expression.

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill is a JMC Faulty Partner.

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From the program:

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.

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February 27, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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