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CANCEL WARS - The Center for Practical Ethics

Lectures: Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath discusses free speech on college campuses in connection to her book Cancel Wars. Includes wine and cheese reception.


Following a wine and cheese reception from 5-6, as well as introductory remarks from Provost Wilkin, Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath will discuss her book Cancel Wars: How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy.

Dr. Ben-Porath argues that the escalating struggles over “cancel culture,” “safe spaces,” and free speech on campus are a manifestation of broader democratic erosion in the United States. At the same time, she takes a nuanced approach to the legitimate claims of harm put forward by those who are targeted by hate speech. Ben-Porath’s focus on the boundaries of acceptable speech (and on the disproportional impact that hate speech has on marginalized groups) sheds light on the responsibility of institutions to respond to extreme speech in ways that proactively establish conversations across difference. Her book shows that by expanding and disseminating knowledge, universities can help rekindle the civic trust that is necessary for revitalizing democracy.

Sigal Ben-Porath studies schools and colleges as democratic institutions. She received her doctorate in political philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2000. In 2010 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, in 2012-2013 she was affiliated with the Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, and in 2020-2021 she was a fellow in residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.

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