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Beyond the First: Healing and Harmful Speech

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


As part of Chancellor Christ’s ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for exploring the topic of free speech, we are bringing together faculty experts for further discussion, with a panel entitled Beyond the First: Healing and Harmful Speech on Monday, November 13.

Growing out of our recent conversation on legal and political implications, we will now consider the impacts of speech on the mind, body, and soul. With this panel, we invite our faculty and the campus community to think beyond speech as a vehicle for communicating ideas. We will consider the power of speech and its impact on our psychological and physiological well being. Speech has the power to both harm and heal, and this panel will delve into how that impacts individuals and communities. Students will be invited to participate in the discussion during a Q&A period.

This special event was designed for the Berkeley community and will be held from 4-6 p.m. in Booth Auditorium at Berkeley Law on Monday, November 13th. Doors will open at 3:30; there is no cost for admission. Seating is limited. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted with closed captioning at freespeech.berkeley.edu. Please join us as we continue to engage with this important topic.

The panelists will include:

Robert Levenson
Professor, Psychology

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton
Professor, Psychology
Associate Dean for Diversity, Letters & Science

Geoffrey Nunberg
Adjunct Professor, School of Information

Victoria Plaut
Professor, Law and Social Science

Lok Siu
Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Moderated by Eva Paterson
President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society
Berkeley Law Class of 1975

Hosted by Carol T. Christ


Monday, November 13, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Booth Auditorium


Beverly Ingram

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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