February 21, 2023| Community Event | Charlottesville, VA

Can We Still Speak Freely?

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Freedom of Speech and the Future of Discovery at Jefferson’s UVA

Event Overview

It is no secret that free speech on college campuses is under attack. But is this new model for campus speech in line with University of Virginia’s founder, Thomas Jefferson? Students and professors alike experience pressure to either avoid or hyperfocus on controversial topics with limited room for honest and rigorous debate. If we can’t even discuss Jefferson’s own legacy with freedom of thought, what does this tell us about the future of Western civilization? Is Jefferson’s university no longer a marketplace of ideas, questions, argument, and discovery? If not, where are the alternative forums today? Where do we go from here? 

Join bestselling author, “Uncanceled History” podcast host, and associate editor of The Spectator, Douglas Murray, and The Jefferson Council to discuss this and more with UVA students on February 21, 2023, from 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

This event is open to the community. For information about the private reception or sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Dr. Christine Emery at christine@commonsensesociety.org.

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Newcomb Hall Ballroom, University of Virginia
180 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Mr. Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray is an associate editor of The Spectator, author of The War on the West, and host of a new podcast series “Uncanceled History”. His previous book The Madness of Crowds was a bestseller and a book of the year for The Times and The Sunday Times, while his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam spent almost twenty weeks on The Sunday Times bestseller list and was a number one bestseller in nonfiction.

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