Sigal Ben-Porath - Free Speech on Campus

Join us on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 pm
for a reading and discussion with

Sigal Ben-Porath

From the University of California, Berkeley, to Middlebury College, institutions of higher learning increasingly find themselves on the front lines of cultural and political battles over free speech. Repeatedly, students, faculty, administrators, and politically polarizing invited guests square off against one another, assuming contrary positions on the limits of thought and expression, respect for differences, the boundaries of toleration, and protection from harm.

In Free Speech on Campus, political philosopher Sigal Ben-Porath examines the current state of the arguments, using real-world examples to explore the contexts in which conflicts erupt, as well as to assess the place of identity politics and concern with safety and dignity within them. She offers a useful framework for thinking about free-speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom, shifting the focus away from disputes about legality and harm and toward democracy and inclusion. Ben-Porath provides readers with strategies to de-escalate tensions and negotiate highly charged debates surrounding trigger warnings, safe spaces, and speech that verges on hate. Everyone with a stake in campus controversies—professors, students, administrators, and informed members of the wider public—will find something valuable in Ben-Porath's illuminating discussion of these crucially important issues.

SIGAL BEN-PORATH received her doctorate in political philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2000. She was awarded two successive Tel Aviv University President’s postdoctoral grants. In 2001-2004, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Dr. Ben-Porath has been teaching at Penn GSE since 2004. At Penn, she served as a special assistant to the university president. She is an executive committee member of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. From 2012-2013 she was affiliated with the Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. She is currently an associate member of the political science department and the philosophy department at Penn.  She is author of Citizenship under Fire: Democratic Education in Times of Conflict and Tough Choices: Structured Paternalism and the Landscape of Choice. With Rogers M. Smith, she edited the volume Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Event date: 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
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ISBN: 9780812250077
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - August 15th, 2017