Free Speech

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Warsaw University
Tischner Debate Free SpeechFreedom of speech has become an increasingly contested issue not only in Europe but across the world as the highly divisive debates on cartoons and blasphemy or the charges of sedition and treason for so-callled “anti-national rhetoric” show. The Tischner debate will address some of the recent controversies around this important principle of liberal democracy, which is under attack from different quarters. Participants will also discuss whether there should be limits to freedom of expression, and if so, what these should be.

Timothy Garton Ash
Professor of European Studies, Oxford University;  Member, IWM’s Academic Advisory Board

Jan-Werner Müller
Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Visiting Fellow, IWM

Monika Płatek
Professor of Law, University of Warsaw; President, Polish Association of Legal Education

Maria Poprzęcka
Professor of History of Arts, University of Warsaw; President, Polish Association of Art Historians

Marcin Król
Professor of History of Ideas; Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Warsaw

Shalini Randeria
IWM Rector; Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Graduate Institute, Geneva

The 25th Tischner Debate is jointly organized by the University of Warsaw, Kultura Liberalna, and the IWM, generously supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The event is held under the honorable patronage of the Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and with the media support of the Gazeta Wyborcza. Entrance is free.




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