Confronting Threats and Harassment Against Faculty

Submitted by mfraz on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 17:23
November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm | Register For Event

An online event hosted by PEN America’s Campus Free Speech Program.

Hate and harassment have proliferated online in recent years, posing serious threats to college and university faculty. Women, BIPOC, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community continue to be disproportionately targeted and intimidated, posing a threat to the equitable exchange of ideas in the public sphere. Many faculty have been left to fend for themselves, with neither higher education leaders nor the major tech platforms taking sufficient steps to stem this tide. What, then, can faculty and their allies do to confront this challenge?

Join Jonathan Friedman, director of PEN America’s campus free speech program, for an interactive forum to discuss this issue. Friedman will be joined by guests Lora Burnett, writer and historian at the Society for US Intellectual History; Sami Schalk, associate professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Viktorya Vilk, director of digital safety and free expression programs at PEN America.

The Common Room is a weekly series for faculty, administrators, staff, and students to explore issues at the intersection of free speech, academic freedom, diversity, and inclusion in higher education. PEN America Members, supporters, and friends, including the general public, are invited to attend.