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Spring 2017-2018
* ANT 212 (EM)   na, npdf

Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography

Lawrence Rosen

Freedom of expression is always limited, both by the harm that may be said to occur if unbridled and by the constraints of the dominant culture. Using such topics as hate speech on campus, the cultural defense plea, the Mapplethorpe exhibit, the Supreme Court opinions on pornography, and the Salman Rushdie affair, we will ask how civility relates to free speech, how codes may channel expression without oppression, and how cultural difference can relate to shared values and orientations.

Sample reading list:
Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Matsuda and Lawrence, Words That Wound
Bolton, Culture Wars
Fish, There's No Such Thing as Free Speech
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 50-75 pages of reading/week. Classroom presentation of outside reading.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 1

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42227 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled