Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Another Take on the FSM: Challenges to Free Speech in a Polarized Era

Dean Henry E. Brady, Robin Lakoff, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Richard "Dick" Beahrs

Event: 2014 Parents & Reunion Weekend at Homecoming

Date: October 11, 2014 Duration: 88 minutes

Fifty years after the Free Speech Movement, engagement in civic life can still involve challenging authority and current policy. But it is consensus through civil discourse - not just protest or partisan opposition for its own sake - which holds the greatest promise for inspiring public involvement and stimulating social progress.

Panelists Henry E. BradyRobin Lakoff and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. discuss civility and free speech in a polarized society - particularly as they play out in university settings - and address the ways public institutions can best foster thoughtful conversations, spirited debate, and constructive dissent.  Moderated by Richard “Dick” Beahrs (’68).

Sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy's Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement, founded by the Cal Class of '68.