RSVP: “Reconciling Free Speech & Safety In An Era of Antisemitism & Extremism”

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to Dr. Michael Signer’s virtual lecture, “Reconciling Free Speech & Safety In An Era of Antisemitism & Extremism.” RSVP to the lecture here!

Our virtual lecture with Dr. Signer will be accessible to all viewers via Zoom. Zoom invitations will be emailed to all those who RSVP. 

This online event will take place on October 13, from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM.

About the Event

RSVP required. Only those who register will receive the Zoom link to access the lecture.

Dr. Michael Signer, the author of Cry Havoc: Charlottesville And American Democracy Under Siege, was mayor during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally. In his presentation, Signer will place the events of that fateful weekend in the larger context of the polarization and disruption that continues to affect America today. A political philosopher and attorney, Signer examines such pressing issues as how we can reconcile free speech with the need for public order as well as maintain the values of pragmatism, compromise, and even simple respect in a time of intensifying extremes on the right and left.

About the Speaker:

For over twenty years, Michael Signer has worked to strengthen democracy – as a public servant, advocate, attorney, executive, and author.

Signer served as the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, from 2016–2018 during the Unite the Right rally of 2017. The Washington Post wrote that he was “one of Trump’s strongest critics.” Afterward, he founded and chaired Communities Overcoming Extremism: the After Charlottesville Project, a bipartisan coalition including the Anti-Defamation League, the Ford Foundation, the Charles Koch Institute, the Fetzer Institute, and New America. National Public Radio featured Signer ’s work “sharing painful lessons from the fight against hate.”

***This event will be recorded. By joining this event you consent to Georgetown University using video and photos of you taken during the event in its social media and promotional materials. For all other accommodation requests, please email by October 6. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests after October 6.