Fri, Nov 04, 2011: Some Skirmishes on the Road to Free Speech with Reference to Some Old and Some Recent Experiences

A talk by Chandler Davis

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 FROM NOON TO 2 P.M.
SOUTH DINING ROOM, HART HOUSE (7 HART HOUSE CIRCLE), TORONTO

Chandler Davis was fired from his tenure-track position at the University of Michigan in 1954, and had to serve a 6-month sentence in US federal prisons. Clearly the danger to society must have been severe! Either he was a very dangerous man, or such punishment was itself a danger. Davis has been a Toronto professor since 1962. He would like to walk us through some selected incidents in the defence of freedom of speech, in several countries, from 1954 to today.

Lee Lorch, our respected colleague and social justice and anti-war activist, will participate in the session and comment on the issues raised by Chandler, and on the background of Lee’s own experiences.

Chandler Davis is a Professor of Mathematics, writer, activist and Science for Peace Treasurer. See Chris Hedges’ column about Chandler Davis here

The talk is organized by Science for Peace Working Group on Social Justice and Human Rights. It will be followed by a brief discussion of the Working Group.

Inquiries:
Science for Peace office
Email: sfp@physics.utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-978-3606