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“Campus Speech: When Protests Turn Violent”

In March 2017, Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger was seriously injured when protesters, angry with a speaker whose views they opposed, turned violent. Professor Stanger was there to verbally challenge the speaker. She never got the chance, and the invited speaker never spoke.

This incident stands out among several in which speakers invited to campuses were denied the right to speak by protesters or merely by threats of violence. “Political life and discourse in the United States is at a boiling point,” says Professor Stanger, “and nowhere is the reaction to that more heightened than on college campuses.”

Join Prof. Stanger on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, for “Campus Speech: When Protests Turn Violent.” What led to the violence on their campus? Why did Middlebury agree to host such a controversial speaker? What has been learned from this incident? What are the limits of free speech protection for both speakers and protesters? How can other colleges and universities deal with the challenge of providing platforms for the exchange of ideas while also securing public safety? Have Americans lost the ability to disagree peacefully? As Prof. Stanger wrote, “our constitutional democracy will depend on whether Americans can relearn how to engage civilly with one another.”

This event is another in the “Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society” series sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and co-sponsored by the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at ASU. This discussion will be held on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum.

Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College. Her most recent book, One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy, was published by Yale University Press in fall 2009 (paperback edition published in January 2011). Stanger received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. She also holds an AM in Regional Studies-Soviet Union (Harvard), a graduate diploma in Economics (London School of Economics), and a BS in Actuarial Science/Mathematics (Ball State University).

Parking will be available in the University Center Garage, on the corner of Polk and First streets ($3/hour).

For more information about the newly established School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, please visit scetl.asu.edu. For questions about this event, email SCETLEvents@asu.edu or call 480-965-0155.

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