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Social Justice

2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Forum

Friday, October 23, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"We are in danger of losing a rising generation to the principle of free speech because people see it as at odds with the goals of bringing about a more just and equal society." – Suzanne Nossel

This special Friday forum will begin at noon with a virtual presentation of the City Club's annual report. To watch the presentation, click here.

In the past year, the topic of free speech and its practice has come under debate on platforms like Facebook – whose backseat approach to quelling false political advertisements or dismantling hate groups has been deeply scrutinized – and on college campuses, where students have frequently expressed outrage at the presence of campus lecturers with whom they do not agree. As the notion of free speech is frequently pitted against other progressive axioms — namely diversity and equality – how do we reconcile these two sets of core American values?

In her book Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, Suzanne Nossel, President and CEO of PEN America, delivers a timely guide to navigating the ever-changing landscape of public discourse, while at the same time lifting and amplifying the voices that have been historically silenced in democratic debate.

Join us virtually for the City Club 2020 Annual Meeting, where Nossel will discuss the tools needed for civic engagement in today’s diverse, digitized, and deeply-divided society without resorting to restrictions on free expression.

Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Want to read the book? Buy local at Mac's Backs! City Club members are eligible for a 20 percent discount on the purchase of this book. Email Alyssa Giannirakis for details.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with ideastream is generously provided by PNC, Chautauqua Institution, and the United Black Fund.

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