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Tolerance and Free Speech

Date(s) - 20/05/2021 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm


In this talk, John Roberts gives a historical overview of free speech, discusses some different theories of free speech, and looks at some current free speech controversies.

John Roberts is a political sociologist currently based at Brunel University. He has researched and written about voluntary activity in local communities, social and political movements, digital culture, and free speech activism. He is currently working on a project about free speech activism at Hyde Park from 1945 to 2017 and on another project about everyday experiences of being an activist in the Momentum political group within the Labour Party. He once made the error of experiencing what it is like taking part in the noble art of speaking at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, and was quite rightly heckled down to laughs and guffaws by onlookers.


Who: John Roberts, Brunel University

When: Thursday May 20th at 7pm (Zoom opens at 6:45)

What: 45-minute online lecture plus plenty of time for interactive Q&A afterwards

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