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“Hate Speech, Free Speech, More Speech or Less Speech: The Quad as Free Expression Zone or Safe Space?”

Monday, May 1

Student Community Center Multipurpose Room
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

A half-century ago, the University of California became a focal point for passionate and principled activism in defense of such values as peace, civil rights and free speech. Today, UC is again roiled by principled conflict, though now it centers on questions of culture and social justice, including the proper limitations on free speech. This panel discussion aims to provide an opportunity for the UC Davis community to share information and views on free speech; to consider thoughtfully the complexities and high stakes of the free speech question; and to help us begin to move from turbulent division to shared understanding, consensus and cooperation.

The program is the third installment of the new discussion series Dialogue and Discernment, whose faculty-led events are sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor. The series provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to come together “to discuss the promise and practice of addressing controversial issues through informed and rational dialogue and critical evaluation of ideas.” The first two events, held in February and March, focused on “Science in a Post-Truth Era” and “The Milo Wars: Campus Activism and Freedom of Speech in the Age of Outrage.”

Madhavi Sunder, Senior Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Law, will moderate the panel discussion and the dialogue with the audience. The panel members are:

Alan Brownstein, Professor of Constitutional Law, School of Law
Carlton Larson, Professor of Constitutional Law, School of Law
Steven White, Capitol Protection Section, California Highway Patrol