Civil Discourse Series: Lara Schwartz

Our national conversation about speech and expression on college campuses often centers on a perceived tension between freedom and inclusion. Those who perceive US higher education as hostile to free speech or politically biased often point to inclusion and diversity programs as proof. In this talk, Lara Schwartz will challenge the freedom-inclusion dichotomy, explore tools and limitations on expression and inquiry on campus, and reframe productive discourse as a skill worth mastering, not a limitation on freedom.

Lara Schwartz serves as director of the Project on Civil Discourse at American University and specializes in civil discourse and campus speech, constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy.

Part of the Eisenhower Institute's Civil Discourse Series promoting a more productive form of discourse that reflects the liberal arts ethos of seeking knowledge through critical thinking and thoughtful deliberation.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Masters Hall 110 Mara Auditorium

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience


Eisenhower Institute, Political Science Department, Public Policy Department
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