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Event: “Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?” with Thomas Healy

November 8, 2017 | 7PM | Price Center, East Ballroom | Free Admission

What is “free speech” and is it at risk on college campuses?  Are raucous and violent demonstrations that disrupt or shut down campus speakers and events a legitimate form of “counter-speech” or a chilling attempt to silence open debate and the free exchange of ideas? Seton Hall Law Professor Thomas Healy will address these and related questions Wednesday, November 8th at UCSD in his talk, “Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?”

Professor Healy teaches Constitutional Law at Seton Hall University School of Law. He is author of The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Award. It was also selected as a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice and was named one of the fifteen best non-fiction books of 2013 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently at work on a book about a forgotten chapter of the civil rights movement, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Public Scholar Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written essays and book reviews for The Atlantic, The Nation, The L.A. Review of Books, and other publications.

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