Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Strum to Lecture on Whitney v. California

Philippa Strum, Professor Emerita of the City University of New York and a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center will be speaking on Speaking Freely: Whitney v. California and American Speech Law at the Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Monday, November 9, 2015, 4:00-5:30pm:
The United States has the world's most permissive speech laws. That wasn't always true, however, and leading constitutional scholar Philippa Strum explains how and why it happened. The story involves both a radical descendent of Mayflower Pilgrims named Anita Whitney and Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis. Strum also explores the question of whether such a liberal approach to speech is the right policy in today's world, given cyberbullying, terrorist recruitment on the Internet, sexting, and the absence of gatekeepers in the world of the Web.