To speak or not to speak: should universities practice “no-platforming”?

In these video highlights for Free Speech Debate, panelists debate whether “no-platforming” ought to have a place in modern universities. Student discussants included Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Barnaby Raine, Monica Richter, Damien Shannon, Chi Chi Shi, and Charles Vaughan.

Does no-platforming constitute an attack on free speech? How can we best address the subjective and objective harms caused by free expression? To what extent can targeted censorship be used as a legitimate tool of activism? Student panelists Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Barnaby Raine, Monica Richter, Damien Shannon, Chi Chi Shi, and Charles Vaughan engage in heated debate over these questions in various video excerpts from the ‘To Speak or Not to Speak: Should Universities Practice “No-Platforming”?’ event hosted at All Souls College, Oxford, on November 19, 2015.

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