Lowell Lecture

Free to Hate

Date & Time

Nov. 6, 2014


C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University
Suffolk University
55 Temple Street Boston, MA 02114
Driving Directions


Azhar Majeed (Program Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education [F.I.R.E.])
Jeremy Waldron (author, The Harm in Hate Speech) Moderated by Jeff Jacoby (columnist, Boston Globe)

Presenting Organization

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University


Current Affairs

Co-presented with the Suffolk University Forensics Team

The question of whether hate speech is protected by the First Amendment is not a new one but is rapidly demanding an answer in the internet age of vicious commenting. Some believe that objectively defining hate speech is nigh on impossible and argue that the answer to its propagation is to not censor but bolster the First Amendment all the more. Others defend dignity and respect as basic human rights that can only be upheld in curbing hate speech. Join us to determine whether the United States should adopt laws like its European counterparts that don't allow hate speech to be considered free speech.

Jeremy Waldron will be selling and signing copies of his book, The Harm In Hate Speech, after the program.