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We are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 iREAD selection HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship by Nadine Strossen. The iREAD lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in Lee Arena, Washburn University campus.

HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship dispels misunderstandings plaguing our perennial debates about "hate speech vs. free speech," showing that the First Amendment approach promotes free speech and democracy, equality, and societal harmony. HATE has earned praise from ideologically diverse experts, including progressive Harvard University Professor Cornel West and conservative Princeton University Professor Robert George.

Strossen is a leading expert in constitutional law and human rights and former President of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is the immediate past President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), and now serves on the advisory boards of EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” and several other publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women.

iREAD Resources

Author Website

Publisher Website

Find HATE in Mabee Library's catalog

Purchase HATE from the Ichabod Shop

HATE Reviews

"Indeed, in yet a third new book in this area, HATE, former American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen points out that federal courts during the civil-rights era "refused to halt speeches and demonstrations by civil-rights advocates because of threatened and even actual violence by opponents of their cause." (The Chronicle)

"In HATE [Strossen]... marshals a vast amount of legal, historical, social science, psychological, and transnational research in service of her premise that all ideas, no matter how hateful, deserve First Amendment protection." (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"What our students need... is a solid grounding in fundamental First Amendment principles. Strossen's book is an excellent place to start." (College Media Review)

"Nadine Strossen speaks power to Hate." (Vanity Fair)

"She advocates noncensorial strategies of counterspeech, education and even developing a thicker skin to combat speech that we may not like but that should be protected." (The Harvard Law Bulletin)

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