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America, Your Free Speech Update is Ready, But Not How You Planned It: Campus Hate Speech, First Amendment Protections, and the Physical Impact on Marginalized Gender and Racial/Ethnic Bodies (Ange-Marie Hancock)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 4:30pm

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

Discussant: Dorothy Roberts (UPenn Law)

All attendees are encouraged to read Prof. Hancock's paper, available here.

PROFESSOR HANCOCK PROPOSES A PROVOCATIVE “UPDATE” to our understanding of the First Amendment that considers contemporary research documenting the physical impact of verbal abuse, hate speech and other forms of “microagression.”  She argues that such speech should no longer be considered permissible in light of its documented harmful physical impact, which is similar to the impact of other harmful behaviors.

ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen” (2004) and a globally recognized scholar of the study of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) focuses on the development of intersectional solidarity as a method of political engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners in U.S. politics.  Her most recent book is Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016).

All attendees are encouraged to read Prof. Hancock's paper, available here.