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By Free Speech Center, published on February 25, 2021

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They’re the words that are so powerful that society largely refers to them with only an initial.


Yet the N-word and countless epithets fueled by racial, gender and other discrimination are inextricably tied to the study of history, literature and society. How can professors successfully navigate controversial language in their classroom? How does academic freedom apply? What about the use of controversial words by students? This seminar, led by Will Creeley, an attorney with the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, addresses these and other key issues facing America’s professors.


The program at Middle Tennessee State University is hosted by Free Speech Center Director Ken Paulson.



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