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Dr Silvestri to speak on freedom of expression at Cambridge Festival of Ideas

last modified Sep 28, 2015 12:14 PM

This year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas (19 October – 1 November) will include a series of debates on censorship and freedom of expression with leading thinkers and experts in their fields, including VHI Director of Research Dr Sara Silvestri. 

Sara will speak on Saturday 24 October to aswer the question, ‘Can writers and artists ever be terrorists?’. Anti-terror legislation has been used in several countries to effectively gag free speech about sensitive political issues, but can writing or painting be a terrorist act? And what role do artists play in radicalisation? Other speakers include Pelin Basaran, researcher and co-director of the project ‘Siyah Bant-Freedom of Expression in the Arts’ in Turkey and Director of Performing Arts' Research and Creation; Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship; and Professor Anthony Glees, Professor of Politics at University of Buckingham.

More on this theme at the Festival of Ideas:

Cambridge Union and the Counter Radicalisation Programme

Censorship versus freedom of Expression


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