On February 22nd, I had the privilege of participating in a “A Conversation on Cancel Culture,” featuring former ACLU president and law professor Nadine Strossen (New York Law School). The event was sponsored by the Suffolk University Law School chapter of the Federalist Society.
My main role was to engage Professor Strossen, a preeminent authority on free speech and civil liberties, in a wide-ranging conversation about cancel culture, as well as to provide some of my own points about cancel culture in the workplace. Thanks largely to Nadine’s thought-provoking insights, I believe that the program succeeded very well at exploring the parameters of cancel culture and its legal and social implications.
If you’d like to watch a video recording of the program (approx. 90 minutes, including Q&A) without charge, then you may access it here.
I’m grateful to my school’s Federalist Society chapter for extending this invitation. Both Nadine and I hold social and political views that, on balance, veer to the left of the Federalist Society, which is widely regarded as the nation’s leading legal organization favoring conservative law and policy positions. The Suffolk Law chapter contributed to a constructive dialogue about a contentious topic by offering its stage to us.
It was also a pleasure to welcome Nadine to Suffolk. Nadine began her law teaching career as a supervising professor in the Civil Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law. During her first year at NYU, among her students was a callow young man from northwest Indiana who benefited greatly from her instruction. Her ferocious intelligence, naturally friendly and supportive nature, and commitment to making a difference stood out immediately. During the years that followed, it was such a delight to see her star deservedly rise.
I’m working on a post specifically about cancel culture in employment settings, building on my remarks at this event. In the meantime, if you’d like to listen to a leading free speech expert in Nadine Strossen explore cancel culture generally, then please watch our conversation.