Speaking Truth to Power

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When and Where:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
at Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Toby, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Special Venue Instructions: Use the IMA main parking lot; enter through the main entrance.
Speaking Truth to Power
Tatjana Rebelle, Lee Rowland, Tamara Winfrey Harris


Event Description:

Now more than ever, democracy demands we understand our rights and responsibilities regarding free speech. Discussion featuring Lee Rowland, Tamara Winfrey Harris, and Tatjana Rebelle. 

As the defender of the First Amendment, the ACLU’s free speech position often leads it to defend the rights of all sorts of people expressing all sorts of opinions. When does expression, including music, poetry, and visual art, warrant defense even if it is offensive to some? When does language become a tool of oppression, the defense of which is indefensible to many? This discussion features Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney with the national ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; Tamara Winfrey Harris, an Indianapolis author who writes about the intersection of pop culture with race and gender; and Tatjana Rebelle, activist and founder of the longest running spoken word show in Indy. The panel will tackle all the fun stuff—sex, religion, and art—and explore how “free speech” is essential to keeping power in check, but isn’t easy and certainly isn’t free of costs, to speaker or listener. 

Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs requested by noon on Nov. 8 due to limited seating. 

Presented by the ACLU of Indiana, Jewish Community Relations Council, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, and Butler University Political Science Department.  

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