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Discussion Forum about Free Speech and Hate Speech

Where is the line between free speech and hate speech? This difficult question will be surveyed by a UTK panel featuring four professors--Rob Blitt (Law), Mike Martinez (Communications), Michelle Christian (Sociology) and Jioni Lewis (Psychology)--and Frank Lancaster from the Office of General Counsel. In the aftermath of hateful messages and threats scrawled on the Rock by white supremacists in 2018, we need a forum to discuss and clarify the definitions of free and hate speech, the damaging effects of hate speech, and the ways in which our campus could respond. We hope the perspectives provided by our panelists from their respective fields will begin this process.

The event is scheduled for March 6, from 4:00 –5:00 PM in the Student Union, room 272. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend and participate.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Student Union, 272
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

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