Hate Speech vs. Free Speech


On January 21 at 2 pm, Noble Horizons welcomes United States District Court Judge William F. Kuntz and former 17-year ACLU president, author and law professor Nadine Strossen for a discussion of Strossen’s new book, “Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship.”

Nadine Strossen was the first woman to lead the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization, which she served as President from 1991-2008. When she stepped down as ACLU President, three Supreme Court Justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter) participated in her farewell and tribute luncheon. She remains a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Strossen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and met classmate William Kuntz, her interviewer on January 21.

Kuntz was nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court by Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously in 2011. Prior to his appointment as the Federal Judge for the Eastern District of New York, Kuntz practiced law for 33 years and taught at Brooklyn Law School. He graduated with an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Kuntz and Strossen have homes in the Tri-State region.

Strossen and Kuntz will discuss issues raised in Strossen’s book, including whether hate speech laws violate our constitutional guarantee of free speech; the fine line between protected and punishable hate speech and whether hate speech laws actually provoke the feared harms of hate speech. Questions from the audience will also be considered.

Due to limited seating, this free program is by reservation. Noble Horizons, located at 17 Cobble Road in Salisbury, CT, is a retirement community on over 100 acres at the foothills of the Berkshires.

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