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Free Speech at the Crossroads: International Dialogues

Related: The Future of the Humanities Project The Free Speech Project

Georgetown University's Free Speech Project and Future of the Humanities Project have teamed up to launch the event series Free Speech at the Crossroads: International Dialogues.

The joint effort is driven by the belief that many of the current political and cultural crises that appear to be local or national are actually international in their scope and impact, and they will only be alleviated when they are considered in that context.

The programs feature distinguished and diverse panelists from the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries. Conducted as virtual forums on Zoom, they attract hundreds of participants of all ages from around the world, who have an opportunity to submit their own questions to the panelists.

Moderated by Michael Scott, director of the Future of the Humanities Project (a Georgetown-Blackfriars Hall collaboration), and Sanford J. Ungar, director of the nonpartisan Free Speech Project, dialogues will be held throughout the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. Once the public health threat of the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, the organizers hope to convene an international symposium in Oxford on worldwide challenges to free expression, bringing together panelists from the online programs and other experts and commentators.

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