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Hate Free Speech: A Workshop on the Politics of Language on College Campuses

FREE

for Members

Hate Free Speech: A Workshop on the Politics of Language on College Campuses

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Fordham University Law School, 150 W 62nd St, Room 3-03​, New York

Presented By

The Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences

 

This public workshop asks what an anthropological perspective on language can contribute to debates and controversies over hate speech and free speech raging on college campuses today. How have definitions of hate speech and free speech changed historically? Legally? In different cultural contexts? What are the implications of these definitions for the reproduction of social inequalities and social injustice in higher education? Putting into practice the linguistic anthropological view that language is social action, the workshop brings anthropologists, linguists, legal scholars, historians, administrators and activists into conversation in order to expose contemporary issues for the academy and our students.

Even though prosecuted claims of hate speech generally fall under categories of defamation, incitement, child pornography, and obscenity, anti-government critique and minority religious and political speech are considered the most protected forms of free speech. Claims of hate speech thus raise ethical questions about the comparative seriousness of censorship and bigotry. Exploring these contentious issues in the context of higher education opens up new theoretical terrains to consider the role of communicative practices and language ideologies, in addition to social and institutional factors, in animating the contradictions of liberal democracies. Workshop participants are invited to comment on how linguistic practices or language ideologies play a role in claims and acts of privacy and surveillance on the Internet, censorship of the academy and student body under threats of global terrorism, Islamophobia, teaching anti-hate, and more.

Registration

Organizers

Sonia Das, NYU
Sonia Das, NYU
Ayala Fader, Fordham University
Ayala Fader, Fordham University
Irina Carlota Silber, City College of NY
Irina Carlota Silber, City College of NY
Elsa Davidson, Montclair University
Elsa Davidson, Montclair University

Keynote Speakers

David Cole, National Legal Director, ACLU
David Cole, National Legal Director, ACLU
Lane Greene, Language Columnist, The Economist
Lane Greene, Language Columnist, The Economist

Speakers

Karol Mason, John Jay College
Karol Mason, John Jay College
Sa’ed Atshan, Swarthmore College
Sa’ed Atshan, Swarthmore College
Abner Greene, Fordham University
Abner Greene, Fordham University
Janet McIntosh, Brandeis University
Janet McIntosh, Brandeis University
Renee Blake, NYU
Renee Blake, NYU
Nicholas DeGenova, King’s College London
Nicholas DeGenova, King’s College London
Asale Angel-Ajani, CCNY
Asale Angel-Ajani, CCNY

Saturday

April 14, 2018

9:30 AM

Keynote Address

Speaker

David Cole, National Legal Director
ACLU
10:10 AM

Coffee Break

Morning Session: Keywords

10:30 AM

Leadership in Higher Education

Speaker

Karol Mason, President
John Jay College
10:50 AM

Campus Activism

Speaker

Sa’ed Atshan, Professor
Swarthmore College
11:10 AM

The Law on Campus

Speaker

Abner Greene, Professor
Fordham University
11:30 AM

Panel Discussion

Speaker

Moderator: Janet McIntosh, Professor
Brandeis University
12:00 PM

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Situations on the Ground

2:00 PM

Teaching Anti-racism

Speaker

Renee Blake, Professor
NYU
2:15 PM

Speech Codes

Speaker

Mariam Durrani, Professor
Hamilton College
2:30 PM

Protesting the State

Speaker

Eva-Marie Dubuisson, Professor
Boğaziçi University
2:45 PM

Academic Freedom

Speaker

Nicholas DeGenova
King's College London
3:00 PM

Panel Discussion

Speaker

Moderator: Asale Angel-Ajani, Professor
CCNY

Wrap-Up

3:45 PM

Keynote Adress

Speaker

Lane Greene, Language Columnist
The Economist
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