Campus Free Speech after October 7th
How are campus communities handling questions about open expression in the day to day? What has changed since October 7, 2023, and what ongoing principles may be helpful in guiding policy?
The integration of Jews into the university is one of the great success stories of modern American culture and Jewish life. Penn was at the forefront of this success story, with the first Jewish Students’ Association formed here in 1924. But recent events at Penn and at other campuses have led to accusations that the university has been too tolerant of antisemitism and become less welcoming to Jews. This series of lectures is an effort to share insights from history, sociology, education studies, and other fields that can help put the present moment into context and provide understanding far deeper than what social media conveys.
Sigal Ben-Porath is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She is an expert in both the philosophy of education and political philosophy. She is currently a Penn Faculty Fellow at the Katz Center.
Ben-Porath received her PhD from Tel Aviv University. She is an executive committee member of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at Penn, and was previously a fellow in residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
This program was made possible by a grant from the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation. Cosponsored by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.
The Herbert D. Katz Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.