Headshot of Professor Yohuru Williams, an African American man wearing a navy sport coat over a white button down shirt with a purple and blue paisley tie. Behind him is a light yellow brick building with an archway and two windows visible.

How Free is Speech?:  WWI and the Shaping of Civil Liberties

with Yohuru Williams
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 • Tuesday, March 8, 2022 • Thursday, March 10, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST

Apply or nominate here.
Deadline: January 25, 2022.

Explore the complexities of free speech and civil liberties against the backdrop of World War I, in a conversation with Dr. Yohuru Williams. Together, we will discuss the documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech, and interrogate the observation that “when our nation is gripped by fear, our government often responds by attacking our fundamental liberties,” as stated by Donna Liberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

This is a three-session master class. In the first two sessions, teachers learn from the master. In the third, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Yohuru Williams is distinguished university chair, professor of history, and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He is an acclaimed activist and scholar who is presently finishing a book entitled In the Shadow of the Whipping Post: Lynching, Capital Punishment, and Jim Crow Justice in Delaware, 1865-1965.

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