Join Michael Poliakoff as he discusses the “cancel culture” and how to construct productive strategies to engage it.

About this event

In 1859, John Stuart Mill wrote, “If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” But from the college campus to the corporate board room, those who violate the opinions of the day – even when they express thoughts and values that many others may share – are subject to “cancelling.” Not only is their speech silenced, but all too often, they face loss of status, ostracism and outright punishment. Cynically the cancelling is done in the name of protecting the sensitivity of others. What happens on campus does not stay on campus, and to protect our free society, higher education must rebuild a culture of free expression. In this presentation and discussion, we will examine some productive strategies that habituate college students to debate and the vigorous exchange of ideas, preparing them for engaged and informed citizenship.

Date and time

Wed, July 14, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT


Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Centennial Ballroom
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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