Why Free Speech Matters Now: Lauren Cooley at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Lauren Cooley, Red Alert Politics Editor at the Washington Examiner

 The Berkeley Forum

While freedom of speech is upheld legally by the Constitution and the Supreme Court, the First Amendment is on trial in American culture - especially on campus. Join Lauren Cooley, editor at the Washington Examiner, at the Berkeley Forum as she speaks about the need for civil discourse and deep conversations, especially in higher education. In this talk, Lauren Cooley will separate emotion from political theory and will make the case that free speech exists to minimize ‘hate speech,’ not protect it.

Lauren Cooley is a free speech enthusiast and editor of the Washington Examiner's Red Alert Politics section. In her role as editor, Lauren leads a team of young writers who cover higher education and millennial trends. During the 2016 election, she co-founded Campus Red PAC, a Florida-based voter registration and GOTV program for campuses. Lauren speaks nationwide about bias in higher education and political issues impacting young adults; her current campus tour is called "Make Campus Great Again!" and has been profiled by CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and USA Today.

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