HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship

Date: Oct 09, 2018 - Oct 09, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Livestream Public Lectures & Events

The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics

Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor, New York Law School; former President, American Civil Liberties Union, will discuss her acclaimed new book. 

Conversation following with Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins, Dean of the Division of Religious Leadership and Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School, JTS; Member, Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

Cosponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


We have recently witnessed a worrisome rise in the use of speech that denigrates and demonizes groups of people. Should hate speech be censored? Can that lead to negative consequences? What is the best way to respond? And how should we approach these questions in the context of historical and current anti-Semitism and Nazism?

Join Nadine Strossen, renowned expert on constitutional and civil liberties issues, who will discuss her new book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. She will touch on themes of particular relevance to the Jewish community, including anti-Semitism and Nazism historically and currently, both in the US and worldwide. Following her presentation, Ms. Strossen and Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins will explore comparative perspectives on harmful speech and free speech in American and Jewish law.

“One of life’s hardest tasks is to tell natural allies they are wrong. Nadine Strossen is clear in a time of confusion, consistent in an era of hypocrisy, and brave in an environment of intimidation.” —Mitchell Daniels, President of Purdue University and former Indiana Governor

Tickets: $10 general admission; free for all students with valid ID, and for JTS faculty and staff.

(The ticket fee will be waived for anyone with financial need. Please contact publicevents@jtsa.edu.)

Attorneys, please note: CLE credit is not available for this program. 


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About the Speaker

Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor at New York Law School, has written, lectured and advocated extensively in constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews. From 1991 through 2008, she was President of the American Civil Liberties Union, and she currently serves on the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy. Strossen has also held leadership positions in other human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” and several other national publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women. When Strossen stepped down as ACLU President, three Supreme Court Justices–Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter–participated in her farewell tribute luncheon.

About the Segal Memorial Lecture

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

General Information

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