Nationalism, populism, and resurgent racism have combined in a toxic political and cultural stew around the world to challenge established patterns of civic dialogue and interrupt the natural evolution of democracy. In response, monuments are toppling, schools and buildings are being renamed, and historical memory itself has come under review and regulation in some countries.
Public players from the United Kingdom, Hungary, Singapore, and Charlottesville, Virginia, joined together for a virtual transatlantic dialogue about the reexamination of reputations and settling of scores that may have serious consequences for free speech and international understanding in the years ahead. The conversation was moderated by Professor Michael Scott, senior dean and Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, the University of Oxford, and Sanford J. Ungar, director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University.
This event was sponsored by the Free Speech Project (Georgetown University), The Future of the Humanities Project (Georgetown University) and the Las Casas Institute (Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford).