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Hate Speech or Free Speech: The Politics of Language on College Campuses

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School, Room 3-03
150 West 62nd Street
New York City, NY
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Join us for this event featuring the work and perspectives of linguists and linguistic anthropologists as well as legal scholars, college administrators, cultural anthropologists, and journalists.


9:30 a.m. | Introductory Keynote
David Cole, National Legal Director, ACLU

10:10 a.m. | Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. | Morning Session: Keywords
Academic Freedom
Nicholas DeGenova, Independent Scholar

Campus Activism
Sa’ed Atshan, Professor, Swarthmore College,

The Law on Campus
Abner Greene, Professor, Fordham University

11:30 a.m. | Panel
Moderator: Janet McIntosh, Professor, Brandeis Unviersity

12 p.m. | Lunch Break

2 p.m. | Afternoon Session: Situations on the Ground
Danilyn Rutherford, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Teaching Anti-Racism
Renee Blake, Professor, NYU

Speech Codes
Mariam Durrani, Professor, Hamilton College

Protesting the State
Eva-Marie Dubuisson, Professor, Boğaziçi University

3 p.m. | Panel
Moderator: Asale Angel-Ajani, Professor, City College of New York

3:45 p.m. | Wrap-Up Keynote
Lane Greene, Language Columnist, The Economist

This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Ayala Fader at

Sponsors: New York Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Section | Society for Linguistic Anthropology | Fordham University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology | Fordham University, Dean’s Fund | Montclair State University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences | City College of New York, Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership | New York University, Department of Anthropology

Organizers: Sonia Das, NYU | Elsa Davidson, Montclair State University | Ayala Fader, Fordham University | Irina Carlota Silber, City College of New York

This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, students, and the public.