IN CONVERSATION WITH DR JAN MACVARISH OF THE FREE SPEECH UNION

THE STATE OF FREE SPEECH WITH DR JAN MACVARISH OF THE FREE SPEECH UNION
THURSDAY 4TH JULY 2024 6.45PM – 8PM
THE ATHENAEUM, CHURCH ALLEY, LIVERPOOL L1 3DD

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Join us for a discussion on the state of free speech today. Freedom of speech has become one of the most hotly debated issues of our age. Free speech advocates argue that the present socio-political atmosphere stifles freedom of expression and legitimate dissent, fuels cancel culture and leads to censorship. Critics claim that free speech advocacy is being used as an excuse to spread hate and disinformation.

During this event, Dr Jan Macvarish, Education and Events Director of the Free Speech Union, will discuss the work of the FSU, some of the individual cases they have represented, and the current state of Free Speech in the UK and further afield.

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About Dr Dr Jan Macvarish
Dr Jan Macvarish is the Education and Events Director of the Free Speech Union. Before joining the FSU, Jan was an academic sociologist at the University of Kent and Birkbeck, University of London, with a particular interesting in the study of interpersonal relationships, parenting, family life, family and health policy, sex and intimacy. She is the author of the book Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life and co-author of two editions of the bestselling book, Parenting Culture Studies.

The Free Speech Union is a non-partisan public interest body that stands up for the speech rights of its members and campaigns for free speech more widely. Launched in 2020 by journalist Toby Young, the FSU has since grown to just under fourteen thousand members and has achieved successful outcomes in over 70% of its casework.

Programme and tickets
Doors open: 6.15pm (you are welcome to have a drink in the News Room)
Starts: 6.45pm
Ends and dinner: 8pm

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Please note that the venue requests smart casual attire to be worn, without denim or trainers.