Professor Sigal Ben-Porath to Give Free Speech Lecture
On Sept. 14, University of Pennsylvania’s Education and Politics Professor Sigal Ben-Porath will come to give a lecture on free speech on college campuses, the theme of her book, Free Speech on Campus. As in her book, she will focus on the imprtance of free speech in a politically polarized American society, one with increasing diversity on American college campuses.
She claims that students are often exposed to two views on freedom of speech: advocates for free speech who emphasize the exploring different ideas at all costs, and the those who will dismis certain types of speech to prioritize the safety and protection of students.
In her book Free Speech on Campus, Ben-Porath explains her “Inclusive Free Speech” framework through studying multiple events related to free speech on American campuses. She explores different contexts, applying them to her framework, to create a pedagogical compass for administrators. Professor Ben-Porath defines inclusive free speech as “an approach to free speech on campus that takes into account the necessity of protecting free speech in order to protect democracy and the pursuit of knowledge while recognizing the equal necessity of making sure that all are included in the ensuing conversation.”
In a recent email from the President's Office about the event, President Glotzbach writes “Skidmore greatly values freedom of speech, thought, and expression, just as any leading liberal arts institution should.” On these grounds, Skidmore has invited Prof. Ben-Porath to share her knowledge and expertise on this topic. The event will be held in Zankel this Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 P.M. Attendance is encouraged, questions are welcomed, and a listening ear is cheered.
Following the talk, there will be a brief book signing event, which all are welcome to attend.