What do Socialists Say About Freedom of Speech?

Host/Sponsor: 
International Socialist Organization
Room: 
1.92
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
Across the US, the state and campus administrations are cracking down on freedom of speech and the right to organize. Some on the left support institutional restrictions against the far right. Others question whether the left should defend freedom of speech at all. And liberal commentators condemn protesters at Middlebury and Berkeley for violating free speech rights of right wing speakers. This panel will address the raging controversy and put forward a socialist approach to freedom of speech.
Reading List: 
Sam Farber," A Socialist Approach to Freedom of Speech," Jacobin, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/garton-ash-free-s, Monique Dols, "in Defense of Protesting Racists," https://socialistworker.org/2017/03/23/in-defense-of-protesting-racists,
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Natalia
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Tylim
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
International Socialist Organization
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Natalia is a socialist activist who lives in Brooklyn.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Monique
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Dols
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
International Socialist Organization
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Monique Dols is a member of the ISO in NYC. She has a long record of student activism at Columbia University where she was involved in fights to defend pro-Palestine professors from McCarthyite witch hunts, against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in challenging the right on campus. In 2006, she was involved in a disruptive action at a speech by Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minutemen, that led to the event being shut down. In the wake of widespread attacks on the student activists, she was a part of a successful campaign to defend the free speech rights of the protestors.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Sam
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Farber
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Prof. Emeritus of Political Science at Brooklyn College
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Samuel Farber is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His newest book, The Politics of Che Guevara: Theory and Practice, is out now from Haymarket Books.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Ashley
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Smith
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Ashley
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Smith
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
International Socialist Organization
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Ashley
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Smith
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
International Socialist Organization

Left Forum and LA Progressive
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