2020-2021                  Andrea Mitchell Center Faculty Workshop Series                  2020-2021

Free speech has re-emerged in recent years as a significant political rallying cry, as political polarization and shifting cultural sensitivities have worked  to intensify the struggles in many democratic countries over the boundaries of acceptable speech.  These struggles are far from new, but in the contemporary context emerging media platforms have presented new challenges to the regulation and protection of open expression. In this environment, businesses and civil-society organizations throughout the world contend with issues of political speech and related boycotts, while in the U.S., social and legal developments require us to rethink our interpretations and implementation of the First Amendment. In its 2020-2021 theme year, FREE SPEECH BATTLES, The Andrea Mitchell Center examines both the contentious history of free expression and the ongoing developments that have made it once again a central issue in democratic societies.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thu. September 24, 12:00-1:30 pm
Zoom link emailed to registered attendees

A Conversation with

Nadya Tolokonnikova

AS AMERICANS INCREASINGLY COME TO VIEW RUSSIA through the lens of the Putin regime's interference in U.S. electoral politics, The Andrea Mitchell Center has invited Pussy Riot co-founder NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA to delve into the complexity of Russian politics and culture, the nature of life under authoritarianism, and the challenges facing feminist and LGBT rights movements throughout the world. In this lunchtime conversation, she will be joined by Penn Professor of Russian and East European Studies KEVIN M.F. PLATT.

CAMPUS SPEECH
BATTLES

A (Virtual) Conference

September 24, 25 & 29

STUDENT SPEECH AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSES
CERRI BANKS (Skidmore) and HOWARD GILLMAN (UC-Irvine)
Thu. September 24, 5:00-6:30 pm

 

THE CHICAGO STATEMENT TODAY
GEOFFREY STONE (University of Chicago Law School)
Fri. September 25, 12:00-1:30 pm

CURRENT FREE SPEECH CHALLENGES ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND

NADINE STROSSEN (New York Law School)
and JOHN POWELL (Berkeley Law)
Fri. September 25, 3:30-5:00 pm

  

ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND STUDENT ACTIVISM
JOAN WALLACH SCOTT (Institute for Advanced Study)
and JASMINE BANKS (UnKoch My Campus)
Tue. September 29, 5:00-6:30 pm

 

Zoom links emailed to registered attendees

 

READ PANELIST ESSAYS HERE

Co-sponsors: Penn GSE, SNF Paideia Foundation, The Jack Miller Center

ESSAYS

Joan Wallach Scott Institute for Advanced Study

The Right Has Weaponized Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone University of Chicago

Final Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression

ABOUT FREE SPEECH BATTLES

FREE SPEECH BATTLES is a year-long program of events organized at the Andrea Mitchell Center by the FREE SPEECH BATTLES Planning Committee: Sigal Ben Porath, Chair (GSE); Joe Lowry (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations); Sophia Rosenfeld (History); Amy Sepinwall (Wharton); Jeffrey Green, Mitchell Center Director (Political Science); and Matthew Roth, Mitchell Center Assistant Director.

​​THE ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY at the University of Pennyslvania aims not just to promote, but to understand, democracy. Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Mitchell Center seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research.  It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.

Sigal Ben-Porath

FREE SPEECH BATTLES Co-sponsors:
Penn Graduate School of Education, Annenberg School for Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Institute, Center for Media@Risk, SNF Paideia Foundation, and The Jack Miller Center