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How Free Speech Saved Democracy: Virtual Author Event with Christopher Finan

Wednesday May 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about Free Speech, moderated by Dr. Robbin Smith, CCSU Political Science Department Chair, to celebrate the release of Dr. Finan’s latest book, How Free Speech Saved Democracy.

Uncovering vivid and engaging stories about First Amendment pioneers, How Free Speech Saved Democracy shows how their struggle made possible the surging protests that aim to expand democracy today.  How Free Speech Saved Democracy is a revealing reminder that First Amendment rights have often been curtailed in efforts to block progress, and that current measures to reduce hurtful language and to end hate speech could backfire on those who promote them.  To those who see free speech as a threat to democracy, Finan offers engaging evidence from a long and sometimes challenging history of free speech in America to show how free speech has been essential to expanding democracy.

Co-sponsored by the Avon Library & Avon Historical Society.

Please register; Zoom links will be sent out before the event. Closed captioning will be available.


Wednesday May 4
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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