This six-part introductory course examines the basic question of where we should draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable expression. We will be discussing topics such as blasphemy, offensive language, respect, humour, incitement to violence, pornography and the Internet as well as looking at the broader philosophical and psychological arguments which are used to justify both freedom and censorship. The course will include guest speakers from the world of free speech and a session drawing on the related archive collections of Bishopsgate Library. This course will take place at the Free Word Centre (pictured), 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Enrolment is through Bishopsgate Institute. Organised in association with English PEN and the Free Word Centre.
Free Speech: An IntroductionThursday 13 September – Thursday 18 OctoberTime: 6:30 PMDays of Week: ThursdaysVenue: Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GATutor: Mark VernonMax students: 18Cost: £70.00 to £93.00Source: englishpen.org