free speech

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

Venue, Date and Time:

Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, OG46, Longport, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1NX Thursday 26 January 2017, 18:00-20:00.

Further details here, or email Jim Butcher

Come and participate in the debate – all welcome!

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

This event is open to the public.

Interesting Fact:

Canterbury Christ Church University was graded Green for freedom of speech in the 2016 Free Speech University Rankings which are sponsored by AFAF.

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