Weaponizing Speech: The dilemma of free speech

Weaponizing Words – The Dilemmas of Free Speech, explores the complexities of free speech and what the limits are, or should be, in this era where hate speech is on the rise. How do we limit speech which harms others without creating tools of oppression?

Samir Gandesha, Morgane Oger, and Josh Paterson Lecture with Responses June 27, 2018 Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

Click here for Morgane’s slide deck

Samir Gandesha (Director, Institute for Humanities at SFU), Morgane Oger (Founder and Executive Director of Morgane Oger Foundation), and Josh Paterson (Lawyer and Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Union) offer competing views on the competing interests of free speech and the protections from its consequences.

This talk was recorded in Vancouver on June 27 and was sponsored by Simon Fraser University's Institute for the Humanities on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. 

This event was also recorded as a podcast (Click here), and Morgane Oger’ slide deck is online (click here)

Errata in Morgane Oger's speech:

1) 1/3% of the population is transgender, not 1/3 of the population.

2) 1 in 3 transgender persons has attempted suicide, not committed suicide.