Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left @ BMO Theatre Centre, Vancouver [18 February]

Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left


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18
February
19:00 - 21:00

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BMO Theatre Centre
BMO Theatre Centre 203 – 162 West 1st Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6, Vancouver, British Columbia
In anticipation of Freedom to Read Week, I am interested in reclaiming the term «freedom of speech» from the alt right and, as leftists, tackling urgent questions around freedom of speech/hate speech/creative censorship in the arts, such as: how do we fight the increasingly censorious environment on the left and in the arts in the name of protecting equity-seeking groups? In our current climate, when a group of people are offended, it seems that an apology is not enough. Is there a redemption narrative? If so, what does it look like? Currently there is deplatforming, shunning, and mobbing. Who gets to decide what is harmful/hateful speech? Does offense equal harm? If so, what are the greater restrictions on speech and freedom of expression in the arts? These are just some of the questions that will be tackled by this superstar panel: Samir Gandesha, Sky Gilbert, Morgane Oger, Quelemia Sparrow, Micheal Vonn. I, Carmen Aguirre, will be moderating.
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