Mar. 27, 2019: Dangerous Speech Project

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Dangerous Speech and What to Do About It:
Fear and Loathing in Our Discourse

Dr. Cathy Buerger, Dangerous Speech Project

Wednesday, March 27, 2018

Konover Auditorium

Dr. Cathy Buerger

No one is born hating or fearing other people. That has to be taught – and those harmful lessons seem to be similar, though they’re given in highly disparate cultures, languages, and places. Leaders around the world use particular kinds of rhetoric to turn groups of people violently against one another. But this rhetoric is, of course, nothing new. The vocabulary varies, but the same themes recur: members of other groups are depicted as threats so serious that violence against them comes to seem acceptable or even necessary. In this talk, drawing from both historical and contemporary examples, Dr. Cathy Buerger will outline a framework for identifying Dangerous Speech – any form of expression that can increase the risk that its audience will condone or commit violence against members of another group. The lecture will conclude with a discussion of productive responses to dangerous and otherwise harmful speech.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Post-Presentation Focus Group
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 162

Join us following Dr. Buerger’s presentation for a focus group discussion designed to inform the Dangerous Speech Project’s efforts in developing educational resources.  Participants will provide feedback on key elements of the presentation and resources, and consider strategies for educational impact.  Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP for the focus group, please complete the form below or email