Food for Thought: The Meaning of Freedom of Speech

November 13, 2013 at 7pm Namaste Lounge, College Nine

October 29, 2013

Food for Thought is an opportunity for students to connect with faculty in an informal and interactive setting.
Join us each quarter for a presentation from a renowned UCSC faculty member. Hear about the speaker’s research and professional experience, learn more about an aspect of their work, and enjoy an opportunity to interact and ask questions.
And, get to know another side of the faculty speaker through food - light refreshments provided will represent some favorite food or cuisine of our
invited guest.

FALL QUARTER TOPIC: The Meaning of Freedom of Speech: Surveillance, Incarceration & the Politics of the First Amendment

Bettina Aptheker - Feminist Studies Department

Bettina Aptheker co-led the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley in 1964. Bettina will give a brief retrospective and then consider the different ways in which race, gender, class and sexuality effect the exercise of freedom of speech as a collective right established by the First (and Fourteenth) amendments. Bettina will clarify the difference between freedom of speech and academic freedom, and ask us to think about both in the context of Tea Party politics, mass incarceration, and the unprecedented technologies of surveillance. Everyone welcome.
Questions & Answers to follow the talk