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Free Speech 2022: It’s Worse Than You Think

May 22, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Americans have never had more opportunities to express their views or greater access to information. Even so, we face an unprecedented crisis of free speech.  Resource disparities and identity discrimination create deep disparities in speakers’ opportunities to reach audiences. Disinformation and the limits of human attention undermine our public discourse. Governments work overtime to suppress political protest and dissent. If the freedom of speech isn’t making our society better, then it isn’t the kind of freedom we need and deserve. To get that kind of freedom, we need to change the legal and political structures that keep failing us.

This is a hybrid event. You can join us in person or at ethicalstl.altarlive.com.


May 22, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Main Auditorium
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
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Greg Magarian
Greg Magarian is the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  He teaches and writes about U.S. constitutional law, focusing on the freedom of expression.  His first book, Managed Speech: The Roberts Court’s First Amendment, was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.  Professor Magarian received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale and his J.D. magna cum laude, as well as a master’s degree in public policy, from the University of Michigan, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.  Before entering academia, he served as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Louis Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


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