Cancel Culture: Can Free Speech in Cultural Institutions Survive the Onslaught of Moral Outrage?
During Banned Books Week, Svetlana Mintcheva, NCAC’s Director of Programs, spoke at the Harvard Law School Library on the effects of contemporary moral outrage on the arts and culture.
Mintcheva discussed specific examples of institutions and artists who have felt pressured to modify their exhibitions and to block or remove offending artwork. She also examined the dangers of self-censorship and the role of cultural institutions in the national reckoning of historical guilt.
“Cancel-Culture: Can Free Speech Survive the Onslaught of Moral Outrage?” was co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, ACLU at Harvard Law School, Harvard Law School Rule of Law Society, Law and Philosophy Society and Harvard Federalist Society.
Thank you to the Harvard Law School Library and to the other co-sponsors for organizing this insightful talk of one of the most debated topics in the contemporary art world.