The Harvard Business School Club of New York (HBSCNY) is pleased to present a 5-part series exploring the “Complexity of Free Speech” with a range of experts and opinion leaders from our community.
To present a fair and balanced discussion, each of the five virtual programs will be moderated and will present a multitude of speakers and perspectives. We recognize that this is a sensitive and potentially fractious topic, so we ask all to observe our Harvard Business School Community Values that govern all of the HBSCNY events.
During the first webinar in this series, we will discuss our First Amendment rights in the social media space in America today. Facebook, Twitter and other platforms regularly ban comments they label as “Misinformation” and “Hate Speech.” Our panelists will address the question of “Who decides?” and the impact of “cancel culture” on themselves and their colleagues.
The experts featured on our panel will discuss the recent moves by platforms to combat “misinformation” and “hate speech.” Please join us for this lively discussion where we examine the impact these solutions have on our First Amendment Rights while balancing the pros and cons of these restrictions.
Participants must register by Noon on February 7th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
The views expressed are those of the speakers and moderator. The Harvard Business School Club of NY is a non-partisan organization committed to a wide range of views and does not support or endorse particular positions about controversial topics.
Lisa Littman, MD, MPH is a physician researcher who is trained in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her experience providing reproductive health care to teens and women and her public health training informs her research about gender dysphoria, desistance, and detransition. The findings of her 2018 publication, “Parent reports of adolescents and young adults perceived to show signs of a rapid onset of gender dysphoria,” generated hypotheses about the potential role of psychosocial factors in the development of gender dysphoria. Dr. Littman is currently the President and Director of the Institute for Comprehensive Gender Dysphoria Research and has previously held academic positions at the Brown University School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her BA from Brandeis.
Dr. Julia Mason, MS MD FAAP (US) is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois (MS in Nutritional Science, MD). She completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Mason has a busy pediatrics practice; in the past several years she’s encountered increasing numbers of gender dysphoric adolescents, most with neurodevelopmental challenges or psychiatric comorbidities. Dr. Mason has published on gender issues at Medscape, Kevin MD, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, the Journal of the Endocrine Society and the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.
President and Publisher at Regnery Publishing
Thomas Spence, the president of Regnery Publishing since January 2020, has worked in book publishing for more than 25 years. A strong supporter of free speech, he recently published Missouri Senator Joshua Hawley’s The Tyranny of Big Tech, which Simon & Schuster canceled after the Jan. 6, 2021, protests, and Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an A.M. in history from Harvard, and a law degree from the University of Chicago.
Professor of Law at New York Law School
Nadine Strossen: New York Law School Professor Emerita Nadine Strossen, past national President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), is a leading expert and frequent speaker/media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties, who has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. She serves on the advisory boards of the ACLU, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Heterodox Academy, and National Coalition Against Censorship, and is a Founding Member of the Academic Freedom Alliance. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers.” Her 2018 book HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship was selected by Washington University as its 2019 “Common Read.”
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