Free Speech and Our Right to Information
Freedom of Speech is the right that allows an individual, community, or nation to articulate their opinions and promote their ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction. This right has been a catalyst in American history since the Constitution’s conception in 1791.
The Bhopal Gas Disaster of 1984 has been hailed as the “World’s Worst Industrial Disaster.” The Right to Information Act of India, similar to the Freedom of Information Act, has helped to construct an alternative and resistive narrative about the disaster, enabling survivors to seek medical and legal remediation for the disaster.
This talk will focus on our right to information and linking this to freedom of speech, social media use, the relationship to the circulation of fake news, and the limits to free speech.
America and the World, our 2019-2020 popular lunch & learn lecture series is entitled FLASHPOINTS and will highlight Global Impact Issues, the areas of concern often headlining in world news.
Some of the topics to be discussed include: Global Warming, the Economics of Terrorism, the Rise of nationalism, and Free Speech in Peril, among others. Hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate, each lecture will be presented by published experts in their fields, includes lunch, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.
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