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The Harm in Hate Speech: Free Speech, Religion, and Group Dignity


Tuesday, April 2, 2013
12:10-1:45 pm (Lunch Provided)
Room 127, Yale Law School

Speakers:

Jeremy Waldron
University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Author of The Harm in Hate Speech (2012)

Robert C. Post
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Hate speech offends, but can it also cause genuine harm? In his new book The Harm in Hate Speech, Professor Jeremy Waldron argues yes. He urges Americans to reconsider the First Amendment tradition of absolute protection of speech and to reconceive hate speech as an intolerable form of group defamation. Individuals, he suggests, should be protected when they are targeted because of their religious affiliation, or other group characteristics. Dean Robert Post, an ardent supporter of free speech, has questions. Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.
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