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Tickets now available for May 8 debate in NYC: “Is there a campus free speech crisis?”

Featuring Andrew Sullivan, Jonathan Haidt, Suzanne Nossel, Jeffrey Sachs, and Kmele Foster

Is there a campus free speech crisis?

It’s a question that scholars, advocacy groups, and pundits have wrestled with for years. The question even made its way up to the president of the United States in March.

Now, FIRE and the world-famous Comedy Cellar have assembled some of North America’s leading intellectuals to debate the question live in New York City on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.


The Comedy Cellar and FIRE Present
“The Underground Debate Series”

TOPIC: “Is there a campus free speech crisis?” **
WHERE: The Village Underground (130 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012)
DATE: Tuesday, May 8
TIME: 7 p.m. (seating at 6 p.m.)
TICKETS: Available from the Comedy Cellar website; $40 (half of the profits from ticket sales will go to support FIRE)

Andrew Sullivan,
Writer-at-large for New York magazine and former editor of The New Republic and the Dish

Jonathan Haidt,
Social psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business and co-founder of Heterodox Academy

Suzanne Nossel,
Chief Executive Officer at PEN America; former Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and Executive Director of Amnesty International USA

Jeffrey Sachs,
Lecturer in political science and history at Acadia University; his commentary on campus politics and free speech, which began as a viral Twitter thread, has been published in The Washington Post

Kmele Foster,
Partner at Freethink and co-host of the syndicated media commentary podcast, The Fifth Column; Foster is a member of FIRE’s Advisory Council

** Lineup subject to change; the debate will feature live audio and video recording


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