Walker Chapel UMC

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Adult Study: Sunday, 9:30 am
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Children's Sunday School: Sunday, 10:45 am

DANGEROUS SPEECH!  How to Detect It, How to Counteract It

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7:00pm to 9:00pm



Professor Susan Benesch coined the term "dangerous speech," to describe rhetoric that fuels intolerance, hatred and violence, and that is threatening to tear the social fabric of our society. In this forum she will explain why she uses this term instead of "hate speech," and will give ideas, based on her empirical research and projects in a variety of countries, on how to counter dangerous speech online and in our communities.  There will be a Question & Answer period following her presentation that in past Forum's has proven to be insightful into the feelings and energy of our community.  The evening will continue the discussions in the fellowship hall of Walker Chapel where you will enjoy one-on-one and small group conversations over refreshments.   A rare, great evening you will remember forever!



  Susan Benesch is Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She founded and directs the Dangerous Speech Project, to study speech that appears to increase the risk of intergroup violence - and to find ways to prevent this without infringing on freedom of expression. As part of this effort, she conducts research on methods to diminish harmful speech online, or its effects. Trained as a human rights lawyer at Yale, Benesch also teaches at American University's School of International Service.  
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