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The Breaking Points: Free Speech and Social Justice after Public Violence

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

The Breaking Points - Free Speech and Social Justice after Public Violence

Date: March 29th, 2021
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Description:  Join us for this Town Hall hosted by CSUN Act Now! Read more to learn about the panelists and their topics.

The riot at our nation’s Capital on January 6th sparked a public debate surrounding the First Amendment and its place in Social Justice. In the aftermath, questions that were posed by concerned citizens included whether there should be stronger limitations to the First Amendment, how to navigate freedom of speech while condemning hate, and how this translates at a public university. We plan to discuss all of this and more during “The Breaking Points - Free Speech and Social Justice after Public Violence”, with First Amendment experts Ben Attias and Elizabeth Blakey. Make sure to submit any questions you would like to see discussed when you go to register for this event!

Hosted by: Sahara Damon

Our host, Sahara Damon, is a fourth year Political Science major here at CSUN.She is currently the Chair of Legislative Affairs for Associated Students and has been a part of the CSUN Act Now team for two semesters.

Panelists: Dr. Bernardo Attias & Dr. Elizabeth Blakey

Dr. Bernardo Attias teaches Communication Studies, specializing in rhetoric, cultural studies, and freedom of speech. Dr. Attias coedited DJ Culture in the Mix. His research areas include popular music, DJ culture, sex work, and conspiracy theory. Dr. Bernard Attias is also a DJ and occasional performance artist.

Dr. Blakey holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She is an active member of the California Bar and practiced copyright and media law in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles for ten years, before turning to a career in journalism and then going to graduate school. She is a First Amendment scholar working in the law and society tradition. Blakey came to CSUN in 2012 and teaches media law and theory in the Dept. of Journalism. 

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