Sound and Fury: Morality, Ideology and the Rise of “Cancel Culture” Conversations on Race, Ideology & Reform

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Sep 03, 2020

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Cognizant of the powerful forces shaping public discourse, the Thomson Reuters Institute is pleased to produce a summer-long thought leadership spotlight on race relations, ideological division, and law enforcement reform during a seminal moment in modern society. Our aim is to bring together perspectives from key influencers and power brokers from the academic, practitioner, and regulatory quarters for a series of cordial and earnest dialogues around social upheaval and transformation.

In a July 7 open letter in Harper’s Magazine, over 150 public intellectuals attested that American cultural institutions were facing “a moment of trial” in the court of public opinion. Despite acknowledging a much needed “reckoning” of social justice and police reform, each individual decried a “new set of moral attitudes and political commitments” poised to “weaken…open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.” Free speech, it appears, no matter how problematic or incendiary, is being “constricted” by a rising tide of intolerance and retribution toward any and all contrarian perspectives. America, the authors argued—indeed the “lifeblood of liberal society”—is wholly dependent upon the permissibility of “good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences” that has long defined our national identity. This conversation explores the important and increasingly virulent rise of so-called “cancel culture” in public discourse. In an era where pejorative terms like “Karen,” “Becky,” “ Chad,” or “Trixie” continue to gather steam, are cries about the erosion of first amendment rights now a legitimate cause for concern?

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Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers it an honor and privilege to host an earnest discussion on the dynamic forces shaping modern culture and social relations
  • Our esteemed panel offers important, timely, and healthy analysis over perceived infringement upon first amendment rights in America today
  • Participants are invited to share their own thoughts on how a rapidly evolving social landscape purports to threaten "liberal" democracy

    Who Should Attend

  • Corporate & law firm counsel
  • Corporate diversity & inclusion leaders
  • Human resources leaders
  • Labor and employment specialists or advisors

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  • Event Details

    Thursday, Sep 03

    12:00 PM EDT
    Sound and Fury: Morality, Ideology and the Rise of “Cancel Culture”

    In a July 7 open letter in Harper’s Magazine, over 150 public intellectuals attested that American cultural institutions were facing “a moment of trial” in the court of public opinion. Despite acknowledging a much needed “reckoning” of social justice and police reform, each individual decried a “new set of moral attitudes and political commitments” poised to “weaken…open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.” Free speech, it appears, no matter how problematic or incendiary, is being “constricted” by a rising tide of intolerance and retribution toward any and all contrarian perspectives. America, the authors argued—indeed the “lifeblood of liberal society”—is wholly dependent upon the permissibility of “good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences” that has long defined our national identity. This conversation explores the important and increasingly virulent rise of so-called “cancel culture” in public discourse. In an era where pejorative terms like “Karen,” “Becky,” “ Chad,” or “Trixie” continue to gather steam, are cries about the erosion of first amendment rights now a legitimate cause for concern?

    Moderator:
    Jason Meyer, JD, President and Founder, LeadGood LLC

    Panelists:
    Apryl Alexander, PsyD, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
    Krista Baughman, JD, Partner, Dhillon Law Group
    Joshua Dunn, PhD, Director, Center for the Study of Government and the Individual, University of Colorado
    Jonathan Zimmerman, PhD, Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania

    1:15 PM EDT
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