Today: WaPo free speech discussion featuring U of C’s Bob Zimmer

Today at 2 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, 1 p.m. Chicago time, and 7 p.m. London time, the Washington Post (in association with the Knight Foundation and the University of Virginia) is hosting a discussion about free speech, featuring, as one of the speakers, Bob Zimmer, the President of the University of Chicago (and ardent defender of free speech in college).

Here’s the blurb:

Attitudes toward free expression are evolving as more of our discourse takes place online and concerns about the growing preponderance of “lawful but awful” content and discourse mount. Today’s young adults struggle to reconcile the value of a radically permissive free speech culture on the one hand, and support for inclusivity on the other. At the same time, many young activists have found agency and voice in recent protests for racial equality, a right enshrined by the First Amendment and its interpretation by American jurisprudence.

Join Washington Post Live on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a discussion about the future of free expression in the U.S. featuring Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago.

Other speakers are Roger McNamee, businessman, entrepeneur, touring musician, and author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, as well as Shoshana Zuboff, author, professor of social psychology at the Harvard Business School, and author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

I’m hoping this will be a good discussion. I’ll be listening, of course, because my “boss” is speaking, and I want to see what he says about free speech, which may affect our University.

Click on the screenshot below if you want to see it. You have to register, but it’s free and easy, and you’ll get a link to watch.

Once you register, you can stream it here: wapo.st/freetostateoct21

h/t: Kurt

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