How do we treat academic freedom and free speech in an international setting? Maria E. Montoya, Associate Professor of History at New York University and Dean of Arts and Sciences at NYU Shanghai, discusses how to treat issues of academic freedom in a context where not everyone in the classroom shares the same cultural and political background. How do we negotiate these differences and create a classroom and university space that allows for expression of all kinds of thought and speech, even when those topics make others, both inside and outside the university, uncomfortable?  How do we deal with the unease and tensions that are inherent in such a diverse cultural space?

Maria Montoya

Maria E. Montoya

Montoya is the author of numerous articles on the History of the American West, Environmental, Labor and Latina/o history and of the book, Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900. She is the lead author on the U.S. History textbook, Global Americans: A Social and Global History of the United States. She is also finishing up a manuscript, Fighting for the Fringe: Three Industrialists, Their Workers, and Employee Benefits, 1909-1950, which focuses on John D. Rockefeller, Josephine Roche, and Henry Kaiser and their roles in defining the spheres of work and home life during the early 20th century.

This lecture is part of Free Speech in a Dangerous World, a yearlong series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the series examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom, and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:30 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Hahn Hall
  • Room: 101
  • 420 N. Harvard Avenue
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