Hate / Speech: Confronting Discrimination with Free Expression

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff


Editor Arjun Sethi (American Hate: Survivors Speak Out) and author Nadine Strossen (Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship) discuss discrimination, hate, and free speech in America, identifying ways to counteract vitriol and work toward reconciliation. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“We all should weep that American Hate must even exist. But we cannot ignore it; it should be required reading for schools, for workplaces, for anyone and everyone… It is powerful, it is crucial, and we must act to ensure it never needs to be written again.”—Paste

“[Sethi’s] angry yet hopeful work is an important document of what the United States looks like to ‘the most vulnerable’ among its people in 2018.”—Publishers Weekly

“While other countries provide significant protection for free expression, the United States provides a significantly elevated level of protection, particularly for hateful speech. Nadine Strossen’s insightful and eminently readable study on why we protect such speech and why we should continue to do so is an all-too-rare example of first-rate legal scholarship that the public at large can learn from and savor reading.”—Floyd Abrams, author of The Soul of the First Amendment

“Strossen has accomplished something remarkable in this slim book—she has ventured into a complex and heavily examined field and produced a book that is original, insightful, and clear-headed. My guess: this book will become the go-to work in the field.”—Ronald Collins, First Amendment News