One World Lecture Series: Prof. Cheryl Greenberg (NWL)

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SUMMARY: Every day we hear that this group should not be permitted to speak, that book should not be read in schools, this professor should be removed from the classroom. The debates over what constitutes protected free speech are being played out everywhere. Yet few know the history of this complex topic, or understand why organizations representing vulnerable communities, like the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League, nevertheless support fully open speech in the public arena. At the same time those organizations are themselves being challenged by those who believe protection of the vulnerable is the more important value. This talk will consider how these positions were arrived at originally, and to what extent the same arguments still apply today.


CHERYL GREENBERG is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College, where she teaches African American history and modern U.S. history as well as courses on crime, race relations and Star Trek. She has also taught as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the University of Helsinki in Finland and Nankai University in China, as well as at Harvard, Columbia, and the Cheshire Correctional Institution. Author of “Or Does It Explode?” Black Harlem in the Great Depression, Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century and To Ask for an Equal Chance: African Americans in the Great Depression; editor of A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC and co-author of the forthcoming “A Day I Ain’t Never Seen Before: Marks Mississippi and the Freedom Movement”; she is also chairperson of the West Hartford Board of Education.

SUPPORT: This series is made possible with a grant from the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Foundation, administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Oct. 25, 2018 [Thur., 7PM] - Prof. Cheryl Greenberg
     “Why Not Restrict Hate Speech? (An Historical Perspective)”
Nov. 14, 2018 [Wed., 7PM] - Prof. Fiona Vernal
     "How Did West Indians Become the Largest Foreign-Born Population in Connecticut?”
Dec. 6, 2018 [Thur., 7PM] - Prof. Okey Ndibe
     “The Seduction of Silence: Five Reasons Not to Surrender!”
Jan. 9, 2019 [Wed., 7PM] - Prof. Mary-Jane Rubenstein 
     “God and the Multiverse: A Melodrama” 
• Feb. 10, 2019 [Sun., 2PM] - Prof. Thomas S. Harrington
     "Is Resurgent Nationalism a Threat or a Renewal?: Exploring the Case of Catalonia"
March 12, 2019 [Tues., 7PM] - Prof. Edward Stringham
     "How Markets and the Invisible Hand Creates Order in Society: From PayPal to the Blockchain"  
March 26, 2019 [Tues. 7PM] - Prof. Elizabeth R. Nugent
     "The Politics of Repression in the Middle East"
May 9, 2019 [Thur. 7PM] - Prof. Ian Shapiro
     "Democratic Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

PARKING: There is ample library parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage payment kiosks and come directly to the lecture in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.