Donahue Center Sponsors Talk on Freedom of Expression in Light of Attack on Satirical Publication

Donahue Center Sponsors Talk on Freedom of Expression in Light of Attack on Satirical Publication

January 26, 2015

What are the limits, legal and ethical, to free speech? Should there be limits? These questions and others will be addressed by a panel of professors at an event on Feb. 3 in light of the recent deadly attack in Paris on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo.

The Jan. 7 attack, when two gunmen stormed the weekly's Paris office, killed 12 people, including eight journalists and the editor-in-chief. It is believed the attackers targeted the publication for its satirical commentary on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

The panel discussion, sponsored by the Donahue Center for Values and Public Life, is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 3 at 2 pm in de Witt Hall. Professors Joe Aieta, Dana Janbek, Denny Frey and Director of Spiritual Life Rev. Tom Sullivan will lead the discussion.

Among the topics and questions that will be raised are: Should free speech be defended at all costs? When free speech offends (especially in the case of strongly held religious views) what are our rights? Was the attack on the publication an attempt to polarize the French public?