Welcome to the second installment of the Project on Civil Discourse’s Weekly News Digest, hosted on our Real Talk blog.
Tomorrow, September 27th, Professor Josh Blackman will be speaking at the Washington College of Law about diversity of opinion and campus speech. He will be joined by Professor Lara Schwartz, director of the Project on Civil Discourse. This event will be held at 12:00PM in Warren NT07 on the WCL Tenley campus, and will be cohosted by the Project on Civil Discourse and the WCL’s chapter of the Federalist Society.
Blackman teaches at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he specializes in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, and the intersection of law and technology. Visit his website to learn more about him and to view past lectures and articles.
The Stanford Constitutional Law Center celebrated Constitution Day with a lecture by Erwin Chemerinksy, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law and coauthor of Free Speech on Campus. Chemerinsky spoke about the need to protect free speech on college campuses and the role of the First Amendment. Read more about his lecture here.
Speech and Civility
Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Auburn professor Kamden Strunk discusses the present landscape of campus speech in his recent article “Free Speech for Some, Civility for Others.” Strunk uses experiences in his own classroom to illustrate the imbalanced power dynamic created by the weaponization of civility against marginalized groups.
‘Some students expect to be free to express their objectively incorrect and harmful views (free speech), while those targeted by that expression are expected to listen calmly and politely (civility).’
Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’s “The Open Mind,” recently spoke about civil discourse at the University of Wyoming. Heffner touched on divisiveness in discourse and governance, social media and filter bubbles, and civic life. Watch his lecture and panel discussion below.
Next week, Real Talk will feature a guest post by two American University students on navigating conversations about politics. Thanks for reading!