Hate Speech and The First Amendment: A Short Course for Concerned Citizens


John Finn

Friday, September 4th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET
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Hate Speech and The First Amendment: A Short Course for Concerned Citizens


This is a four-week seminar, but we get it: that's a big commitment. Feel free to just buy a ticket to week one here. Then, if you love week one (and we're pretty sure you will!), you can sign up for weeks two through four afterward. Tickets are $25 for the first session or $100 for all four sessions, and you can share your ticket with another member of your household.

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Do we have a First Amendment right to say hateful things, like racial slurs, that may hurt others? Is there a difference between speech that is hateful and speech that is simply offensive? The United States Supreme Court has sometimes held that so-called “fighting words” and hate speech are not protected because they do nothing to advance the larger purposes of the First Amendment. But more often, the Court has protected speech that many of us might find uncivil, offensive, or vile.

Join award-winning professor of constitutional law John E. Finn for this thought-provoking and timely seminar. We’ll explore what the First Amendment does—and does not—say about the place of hate speech in American political culture. Along the way, we’ll address a few questions central to any understanding of the First Amendment: Why do we have a First Amendment? What does the First Amendment protect? And what is the future of the First Amendment?

Our first session will focus on First Amendment fundamentals and common misperceptions. Learn about the rest of the seminar here: www.speakeasy.com/event/hate-speech-and-the-first-amendment.

This is a rare opportunity to learn with a preeminent scholar in an intimate setting; we’re limiting this seminar to twelve participants to make this a truly interactive experience. We hope you’ll join us.

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