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John Durham Peters comments on liberalism


Peters'_Lecture Distinguished professor, Dr. John Durham Peters, was invited to McGill University this week as a Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar. As part of his visit, Dr. Peters delivered a provocative lecture on “Free speech in a global era”, on 12 March at the Redpath Museum. The lecture focused on the principles and origins of free speech, the philosophical underpinnings of liberalism, and the ways in which communication has been transformed under globalization and resurgent religion. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session.

Also during his visit, Dr. Peters graciously participated in an interview during which time he discussed aspects of his lecture on free speech, as well as other related research interests. Media@McGill is pleased to present the following clips (QuickTime required).

Peters on liberalism
Peters on religion, society and territory
Peters on free speech
Peters on media
Peters on censorship
Peters on neutrality

The Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Peters for his enlightening presentation and his valued participation this week as a Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar.

Dr. Peters, the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Iowa, specializes in media and culture, and examines communications in its broad historical, legal, philosophical, religious and technological contexts. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (Chicago, 1999) and Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition (Chicago, 2005), is a co-editor of Canonic Texts in Media Research (Cambridge, 2003), and Mass Communication and American Social Thought (Boulder, 2004), and is the author of over 50 articles and book chapters.

For more information on Dr. John Durham Peters and his research, click here.