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FIRE Speaker in Philadelphia Thursday

Tomorrow, January 19, FIRE Vice President of Programs Adam Kissel will lead a dinner discussion hosted by the Harvard Radcliffe Club of Philadelphia. Adam, a Harvard alumnus, will discuss "Harvard's Tradition of Oppressing Controversial Speech," including several recent cases:

  • In 2011, Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to fire a professor of economics after he published a controversial op-ed in India.
  • Last fall, the dean of Harvard College instituted a Freshman Pledge stating that "kindness" was "on a par with intellectual attainment" at Harvard, and pressured students to publicly pledge to such official Harvard College values.
  • In 2010, the dean of the law school asserted that as a "social justice" law school, HLS ruled certain ideas automatically out of bounds.

The dinner will begin at 6:45 pm at Aqua, a Malaysian-Thai restaurant located at 705 Chestnut Street. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members, and can be purchased here.

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