Chatauqua-in-Chagrin Explores the Concept of “Freedom of Speech”

Tue 7/17 @ 5:30PM

A phrase you hear tossed around a lot is “freedom of speech,” and a lot of people profoundly misunderstand what this constitutional protection means. No, it doesn’t mean you have the right to confront someone and call them racist names without expecting blowback. It doesn’t mean you have the right to disrupt a private meeting by shouting your opinions. It refers to the regulation of speech by the GOVERNMENT, not by Facebook or Twitter, which are private businesses.

The next program at Chatauqua-in-Chagrin explores the concept of free speech and how it operates in the media, on college campuses, in conversation and in social media. It also looks at how ideas around free speech have changed over the years. The speaker is Paul Haridakis, professor in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. It takes place at Chagrin Falls’ United Methodist Church.

Preferred seating is $25, general seating is $20. Those under 25 are $5.


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