The Free Speech Debate

OG46 (Old Sessions House Building), Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
Thursday 26 January 2017 (18:00-20:00)
Email Jim Butcher

Panel debate and discussion on the issue of free speech. All welcome.

Free speech has become an issue of significant controversy. This debate will assess a number of key questions, including:

  • To what extent should freedom of speech be regarded as an absolute value?
  • Is it possible to draw a clear distinction between speech and action?
  • What constitutes hate speech and should it be banned?


  • Melantha Chittenden - National Union of Students LGBT+ officer
  • Claire Fox - Director of the Institute of Ideas, BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze panellist, author of ‘I Find that Offensive’
  • Professor Mark Hammond - former CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Professor James Soderholm - Head of Humanities, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Come and participate in the debate – all welcome

Supported by: Christ Church students’ Union / Engaging Sociology / Politics Matters / CCCU UCU

This event is open to the public.


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