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3rd Installment of the Coors Conversation Series- Free Speech and 'Cancel Culture'

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Virtual Room 1
Karen LoParco

The Peter ’69 and Marilyn ’69 Coors Conversation Series provides a forum for intellectual discourse on difficult yet timely issues facing the nation. The series aims to foster greater understanding across differences by bringing together speakers with a range of political viewpoints. On Oct. 1, the Cornell community is invited to attend a virtual conversation on free speech in the age of ‘cancel culture’ with Masha Gessen and John McWhorter. Moderated by Odette Lienau. The series is free and open to faculty, staff and students; registration required, please use the following link

Civil Discourse: Free Speech and ‘Cancel Culture’

Masha Gessen , National Book Award Winner, Bestselling Author and Journalist 

John McWhorter , Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 

Moderated by Odette Lienau , Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Intellectual Life and Professor of Law 

The program will begin at 6 p.m.

Speaker Bios:

One of our most trenchant observers of Russia and its history, Masha Gessen is the author of eleven books, including the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. A staff writer at The New Yorker, they have covered political subjects including Russia, autocracy, L.G.B.T. rights, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, among others.

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies and music history at Columbia University. He hosts Slate’s podcast Lexicon Valley and is contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Language Hoax, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, The Power of Babel, Losing the Race, and What Language Is, and has created five sets on language in the Great Courses series.