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Should We Resist Hate with Free Speech or Censorship?

1/21/2022  - 

Please join the CULS chapters of the Federalist Society, ACLU, Women’s Law Association, Black Law Students Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Corporate and Business Law Association, Democrats, and SBA for a discussion on whether we should resist hate with free speech or censorship. Add the FB event for a convenient reminder. We are proud to host two experts in free speech and the fight against hate crimes.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM
Room 208 & Zoom

First, New York Law School Professor Nadine Strossen. Professor Strossen has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews. From 1991 to 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen is currently a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Heterodox Academy, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Her 2018 book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, has been widely praised by ideologically diverse experts. Her earlier book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights, was named by The New York Times as a “Notable Book” of 1995. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers," and several other publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women.

Second, we have Thomas E. Wheeler II. Tom is a member of Frost Brown Todd and a principal in the Government Services and Appellate practice groups. Tom’s prior federal service includes working as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice where he oversaw the Appellate, Criminal, Disability Rights, Education, Employment, Federal Coordination and Compliance, Housing and Civil Enforcement, Immigrant and Employee Rights, Policy and Strategy, Special Litigation and Voting Sections.

Throughout his career, Tom has fought against the scourges of hate speech and cyberbullying. At the Department of Justice, he made fighting hate crimes a priority. As a member of the Alliance for Asian American Justice, Mr. Wheeler provides pro bono assistance to Asians who have been the subject of hate crimes.