Arcadia Welcomes Expert of Freedom of Expression for UKnighted Event Feb. 22

By Caitlin Burns | February 1, 2019

Book cover of Free Speech on Campus

Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath, professor of Education, Political Science, and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, will address the Arcadia community during the Open Expression Task Force’s “Freedom of Speech on Campus” UKnighted event on Friday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Common’s Great Room.

Her lecture will be based on her book, Free Speech on Campus, which examines the current state of free speech arguments through real-world examples and offers framework for re-thinking free-speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom. Following her lecture, a Q&A session will be held.

To end the event, the University community will break into discussion groups to examine case studies and work through the task force’s draft principles in order to provide feedback. The task force anticipates the creation of sub-groups in order to address questions that arise during the feedback session.

“We want to explore the potential consequences of the draft principles,” said Andrew Goretsky, dean of Students and chair of the Task Force. “The whole point of the conversation, because then we can see what a potential policy could look like.”

The Open Expression Task Force is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. The group has been meeting since November to develop open expression principles and explore the current open expression policies of Arcadia.

Free Speech on Campus is available in the library.