A Symposium on "Free Speech" and Its Potential Limits

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This is a special event in conjunction with our friends at the The Society for Constitutional Protection (https://www.meetup.com/The-Society-for-Constitutional-Protection/).

For this event, we'll offer a select presentation on the following "Free Speech" topics:

1) Libel laws: From the Alien and Sedition Acts to New York Times Co. v. Sullivan to present day.
2) The doctrine of "prior restraint" versus the "post-publication punishment."
3) What constitutes as "hate speech"? Should it be protected speech?
4) Restrictions on "inflammatory speech," from the "First Red Scare" to today.

THE TAKEAWAY: why are there restrictions on the foundational pillar of this Constitutional right? History suggests that different branches of government curtailed these rights, as they saw fit to justify it during "turbulent times." Are the present day challenges any different in scope than the ones from the past to justify further restriction on free speech?

The presentation will be given by Danny (https://www.meetup.com/The-Society-for-Constitutional-Protection/members...) and Thomas (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/members/15961611/), as they will take turns introducing the above topics. And after each intro, we'll open it up for questions and a group conversation. Just to give you a sense of what the night will look like, we've tentatively allotted about ten minutes for each of our introductions, and about twenty minutes for each question/discussion period.