February 19, 2015

I am Charlie

On January 7, 2015 an attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris led to the death of twelve people. Following the attack, people from around the world united in defense of free speech, the foundation of democracy. The actions of a few have ignited discussions about how free societies can share different points of views, without fear of violence. Recently, in the United States, we have seen similar fractures in Ferguson and New York. How can integrated societies work through difference of opinions without resorting to violence, while ensuring the individual’s right to express their point-of-view. Are there limitations to freedom of speech?

This discussion examined questions that are surfacing in the aftermath of the terror incidents in France, such as:

  • What impact will these acts have on freedom of speech?
  • Will editors, and those in the media, filter what they print and report in order to prevent similar events?
  • What historical events illustrate similar factions in global communities?
  • What have been the cultural ramifications in countries with growing Muslim populations, following the attack?
  • With increasing racial divides becoming more evident in communities around the world, what is being done to foster understanding in fractured societies?

The conversation included Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (NYU MA '02). She considered the response of the French sports world, while Dr. Kathryn Kleppinger (NYU PhD '11) explored the roots of the conflict, which can be seen clearly through recent novels written by authors from the North African population in France. Discussing racial tensions both in the US and abroad was Dr. Jennifer James, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Africana Studies Program at The George Washington University. Delphine Halgand has been working as the Director of the Washington, DC office for Reporters Without Borders and spoke about how these events have made an impact on the free press. Previously, Delphine served as Press attaché in charge of outreach at the French Embassy to the US. This discussion was moderated by NYU Professor, Rodney Benson.

Je Suis Charlie

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Rodney Benson

Rodney Benson

Delphine Halgand

Delphine Halgand

Jennifer James

Jennifer James

Kathryn Kleppinger

Kathryn Kleppinger

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

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