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Cartooning and Free Speech - Structured Academic Controversy

Drawing on global current events, students will participate in a structured academic controversy (SAC) to discuss "What, if any, are the limits to free speech?" with a focus on cartooning.  An element of this SAC will be the consideration of multiple global perspectives (US, Europe, Middle East).  Understanding the issue of free speech from a multi-cultural perspective using the medium of an increasingly popular global form of communication (comics) is an authentic activity and requires use of skills relevant to students’ lives. As the answer to this question has lead to violent actions for some individuals, it is a critical question for students to think about to build cross-cultural understanding.

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