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Debating Free Speech and Race on College Campuses

The national conversations about race and racism; police and African Americans; free speech on college campuses; “safe spaces” and hate speech and political correctness have all come together in very interesting and interlocked ways here in Connecticut recently.

We’ve seen student protests at Wesleyan, UConn and Yale - and purposely disruptive protests in downtown Hartford connected to the Black Lives Matter movement.

This hour, we listen back to a debate John Dankosky moderated between UConn Professor and New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb and The Atlantic’s ConorFriedersdorf about free speech. It happened in front of a large and lively crowd at Connecticut College.

And, we’ll meet the protestor who disrupted a recent Connecticut Forum conversation about "Race and Racism."


  • Jelani Cobb - Associate Professor of History and director of the Africana Studies Program at UConn, contributor to The New Yorker
  • Conor Friedersdorf - Staff writer at The Atlantic 
  • Janée Woods - Social justice activist and part of Moral Monday CT protestor and activist 

Opening remarks from the free speech debate at Connecticut College: 

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Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

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