SUNY-Geneseo: Freedom of Speech and Its Skeptics

SUNY-Geneseo: “Freedom of Speech and Its Skeptics”


On February 10, 2022, the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo will be holding a virtual discussion with faculty partner Lorraine Pangle on freedom of speech:

This lecture surveys both the case for free speech, grounded in the classical liberal principles that guided the founding of the United States and its universities, and the strongest contemporary and past arguments against it, going back to Plato. We will consider whether a healthy political community does not need a shared civic faith, whether democracies and universities do not need unfettered free speech, and what kinds of norms and practices might be required to make free speech a force for good in our communities.

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 4:00 PM, EST
A virtual lecture through Zoom

Free and open to the public, registration required

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Lorraine PangleLorraine Pangle is a Professor of Government and Co-Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches ancient, early modern, and American political philosophy, with special interests in ethics, the philosophy of education, and problems of justice and moral responsibility. Professor Pangle has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Earhart Foundation. Her publications include Virtue is Knowledge: The Moral Foundations of Socratic Political Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2014),The Political Philosophy of Benjamin Franklin (Johns Hopkins, 2007), and Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship (Cambridge, 2003).

Professor Pangle is a JMC faculty partner.

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The Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo was established in 2019 by Professors Carly Herold and Aaron Herold to establish programming and foster campus conversations about civic education and liberal democracy.  The Forum is supported by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.



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