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A Short History of Racial Backlash in America

Jill Gill History is not always a steady march toward progress. This course will explore the history of racial backlash against civil rights in America, focus on patterns across time, and discuss what we can glean from them. Surveying different waves of racial backlash from colonization to the present, we will analyze their triggers, motives, goals, and results, as well as how politics and economics have intersected with racial feelings.

Presenter: Dr. Jill Gill, Professor of History, Boise State University
Dates and times: Thursdays, Sept. 14, 21, and 28; 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $35

Free Speech and Internet Trolls: What are the Limits?

Susan ParkThe constitutional right to free speech, the cornerstone of American democracy, has traditionally applied to anonymous speech. However, the advent of the Internet is testing the limits of this constitutional principle. This course will explore the boundaries of online free speech rights. After a review of the history of the use of pseudonyms and anonymous speech, starting with the Federalist Papers, and the impact of several important cases on free speech rights, we will consider many important questions regarding Internet speech. Do traditional justifications for protecting anonymous speech hold up today? Does anonymous Internet speech have societal value? How far do the free speech rights of Internet trolls extend? Can they be held accountable for their actions? What can be done to counter the impact of anonymous Internet hate speech?

Presenter: Susan Park, JD , Chair, Department of Management, Boise State University
Dates and times: Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, and 16; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35

To register for “A Short History of Racial Backlash in America” or “Free Speech and Internet Trolls: What are the Limits?”, visit the Osher Institute registration site or call (208) 426-1709 for more information.