2018 National Law-Related Education Conference
Free Speech Today
September 20-21, 2018
Venue Six10, Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave
Freedom of speech is widely regarded as a foundational value of constitutional democracies. The 2018 National Law-Related Education Conference will focus on “Free Speech Today.” It will broadly examine this theme as a significant matter of contemporary concern, while noting its history and considering its future, from both a comparative and global perspective.
Conference participants and presenters are encouraged to consider:
- What speech should be “free”?
- What is the relationship between free speech and civic education? Free speech and democracy?
- What is the role of government in regulating speech? Should constraints on speech be accomplished through laws or norms?
- When should speech be limited by, or weighed against, other competing values—privacy, security, equality, or the prevention of harm?
- Should speech be governed by civility, or challenge it?