Dean Abramson to moderate discussion surrounding hate speech

J-School Dean Larry Abramson will moderate a Q&A session about the dangers of hate speech, following a presentation by Elizabeth White, research director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The event, titled, “Do Words Kill? Hate Speech, Propaganda and Incitement to Genocide,” is part of a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exploring the German book burnings of 1933 and their role in the buildup to the US fight against Nazism.

“Dr. White will be exploring the impact, often negative, of efforts to restrict freedom of speech,” said Abramson. “As the J-School celebrates our 100th anniversary, we are also celebrating the first amendment and its role in creating a free press, and in guaranteeing free expression.” 

The exhibition will be on display at the Mansfield Library from Monday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Dec. 16 and is titled, “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings.” It is co-presented by the Mansfield Library and DiverseU at the University of Montana and is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

“’Do Words Kill?’ will help us focus on the need for a diversity of points of view,” Abramson said.

The Q&A session moderated by Dean Abramson will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the UC Theater.

- posted on 10/28/14 -