Can I tell you how much I hate you?

gail Rhodes

Freedom of speech is fundamental in a democratic society. It means that a person or a community can express their opinion or ideas without fear of retaliation or censorship. But what happens when the opinions expressed are unpopular, violent or dangerous? Gail Rhodes will explore these issues at 10 a.m. Monday, March 15.

Whether expressed in person, or through social media, words can have a powerful effect on our sense of safety, inclusion or exclusion, and equality or inequality. What is “hate speech?" Who decides what speech is protected, and what is not? Who regulates social media content? What is the impact on individuals and communities who are silenced? Explore the complex history of first amendment freedoms of speech, expression and assembly in America.

Rhodes is an associate faculty member at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She worked in television as an anchor and reporter for 20 years before enrolling at ASU where she earned a masters and doctorate. Her thesis explored the First Amendment and the NFL national anthem protests.

This class will be presented via Zoom and is limited to 100 participants. The class is free but registration is required. Registered attendees will receive the Zoom invitation a few days prior to the event.



DATE:  Monday, Mar 15

ZOOM Check In: 9:45 a.m.

LECTURE Time: 10:00 a.m.   

COST:  No charge

MAXIMUM:  100 - there will be a waitlist

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