Heard at Abington: The cost of free speech in the post-fact era

  • "I'm not interested in censorship at all. I want you to have the tools to evaluate this yourself."
  • "If your fun degrades someone else, maybe it's not fun."
  • "You are going to outlive the Trump administration. But will we outlive and outstrip Trump's policies?
  • "You've got to engage people — not march. How are you going to engage someone at the Thanksgiving table?"

Excerpts from James Braxton Peterson's remarks at Penn State Abington, "The Theater Is On Fire: Knowing the Cost of Free Speech in a Post-Fact Era."

Braxton is director of Africana studies and professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of several books including "The Hip Hop Underground and African American Culture" and "Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners." Peterson hosts “The Remix” podcast on Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, WHYY.  

Penn State Abington, formerly the Ogontz campus, offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors at its suburban location just north of Philadelphia. Nearly half of our 4,000 students complete all four years at Abington, with opportunities in undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more. Students can start the first two years of more than 160 Penn State majors at Abington and complete their degrees at University Park or another campus. Lions Gate, Abington's first residence hall, opened in August 2017.

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Last Updated November 01, 2017