Hate: Why We Should Resist It...

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

There will be book for sale & Nadine will be signing them
There will also be Live Music

Constitutional law scholar and civil liberties activist Professor Nadine Strossen will discuss her acclaimed new book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (Oxford University Press May 2018), with Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Ari Rosenberg. Strossen, whose father was a Holocaust survivor, has worked closely with Jewish organizations, as well as other civil rights groups, in fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. Her opposition to censoring “hate speech” is based on evidence that such censorship inevitably does more harm than good to the vitally important goals that it seeks to further: equality, dignity, diversity, inclusivity, societal harmony, and mental/physical well-being. These goals are more effectively promoted through non-censorial strategies, including “counterspeech,” such as education, debate, and protest. Censorship also violates fundamental principles of individual liberty and democracy, which are of greatest importance to any minority group.

Especially given our current political climate, with too much division and too little constructive dialogue, Professor Strossen and Rabbi Ari Rosenberg look forward to a robust but mutually respectful exchange of ideas, with each other and with audience members, about these “hot-button” issues. We encourage all attenders to vigorously exercise their free speech rights!

Rabbi Ari Rosenberg is entering his fourth year serving Temple Sholom, and the greater New Milford Jewish Community. Raised in Connecticut, he was eager to return with his two children, Ezra (15) and Maayan (11). Rabbi Ari graduated from Rutgers University in 1996, with a BA in English and Religion, and he was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2008. After 10 years, Rabbi Ari has developed a reputation as a proud advocate for Justice and Righteousness in his sermons, lectures, and public speaking opportunities.

Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School, has written, taught, and advocated extensively in constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. She is the immediate past President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), and now serves on the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the National Advisory Boards of EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy. 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.
The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers," and several other national publications have named her as one of the country’s most influential women. She has received multiple honorary degrees and awards, including the American Bar Association’s prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (2017).
Strossen has made thousands of public presentations before diverse audiences, including on more than 500 campuses and in many foreign countries. She has commented frequently on legal issues in the national media. Her more than 300 published writings have appeared in many scholarly and general interest publications. Her book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights, was named by the New York Times as a "notable book" of 1995.

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