Free Speech is the Only Safe Space for Minorities
Students for Free Expression at American University will host a lecture by Jonathan Rauch on the importance of freedom of speech in protecting the rights of minority groups.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 • 10:30 am
Kerwin Hall, Room 2, American University
The event is free and open to the public, and circulation of this announcement is encouraged. RSVP is required:
Jonathan Rauch, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He has for many years been an outspoken defender of freedom of speech. His 1993 book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought (published by the University of Chicago Press) defends free speech and robust criticism, even when it is racist or sexist and even when it hurts.
Students for Free Expression was established this year following a convening at the University of Chicago of students from schools around the United States. In this inaugural meeting, the organization drafted a statement of principles that has been signed by countless students and faculty around the country. SFE’s vision is to foster a nationwide community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends who support free expression.