Cancel Culture and Higher Education

Civil Rights Practice Group, Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group, and Professional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice Group Teleforum

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Has American higher education gone too far — or in the wrong direction — in how it sanctions normatively disfavored conduct? Some of these sanctions (“cancellations," as they are sometimes called) are ephemeral and others career-ending. Some are based on transgressions that almost all condemn, others on conduct that some find praiseworthy. Is higher education now more intolerant than it once was, or is it just intolerant about different things? And if academia is now intolerant about different things, has the change been beneficial or harmful? If the answer depends on how we feel about free speech, do “cancelations” — however understood -- impair free speech or advance it?

Join us for Part 1 of a thoughtful series discussing cancel culture and its effect on American culture featuring:

J.C. Hallman, an acclaimed author who wrote a piece entitled “In Defense of Cancel Culture” following the publication of the Harper’s Magazine letter on Justice and Open Debate.  

Dr. Charles Murray, the F.A. Haye Chair Emeritus in Cultural Studies at the American Enterprise Institute who experienced academic and social backlash notably his publication of The Bell Curve


  • J.C. Hallman, Author and Columnist
  • Dr. Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Kenneth L. Marcus, Founder and Chairman, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law


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