Freedom of Speech or the Tyranny of Silence?

WED, JAN 21, 2015 (1:39:59)

Following the massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, as well as the intimidation of Sony Pictures over "The Interview," and a growing climate of self-censorship, this panel opens up a conversation on the direction and future of free speech.

The forum features three panelists followed by an open question and answer session with the audience. This event is produced by the Ayn Rand Institute and Ford Hall Forum as a Partners in Public Dialogue program with Old South Meeting House.

+ BIO: Flemming Rose

Flemming Rose is an editor at the Danish newspaper that in 2005 published cartoons of the prophet Mohammad, and author of The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited A Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech.

+ BIO: Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the Institute’s resident expert on Objectivism and serves as its senior trainer and editor. He has taught philosophy for over ten years at the Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center.

His op-eds have appeared in venues that range across the ideological spectrum, from Huffington Post to CNN.com to Foxnews.com and Businessweek.com. He’s been interviewed on national and international radio, including NPR and BBC Radio, and has appeared as a television guest on CNBC, KCET, Fox News Channel and the CBS Evening News.

A Canadian citizen, Dr. Ghate studied economics and philosophy as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and worked in the financial industry prior to joining ARI in 2000. He received his doctorate in philosophy in 1998 from the University of Calgary.

+ BIO: Harvey A. Silverglate

Harvey A. Silverglate is an attorney practicing in Cambridge, MA. He holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Along with Alan Kors he co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and is a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He has taught at Harvard Law School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, and in the University of Massachusetts College III program. In addition to his law practice and his teaching, he is also a regular columnist for The Boston Phoenix on matters relating to political, legal issues and civil liberties.

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