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UBC Okanagan Debates: Free Speech

October 24, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free speech

For some, secretive social media algorithms have choked off free speech and confined it within echo chambers. Mainstream media owners tightly control whose voices get heard to maintain their grip on profits and influence. They are the signposts of compromised equity, a distortion of democracy, and opinion bubbles breeding extremism.

For others, the digital age is supercharging free speech, granting anyone with an internet connection the power to express and influence regardless of their language or geography. It invites voices previously diminished by noisy, westernized powers into global conversations, democratizes participation, and exposes us to an unprecedented diversity of thoughts and ideas.

Where do you stand? Is free speech dead or more alive than ever?

Join us for a spirited debate that promises to challenge assumptions, provoke thought, and potentially reshape your understanding of the future of free speech.

Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 UBC alumni; $5 students
(GST not included)


UBC Okanagan Debates is a signature event hosted by UBCO’s Principal and Deputy-Vice Chancellor. This event is designed to model civil discourse in a polarized world by bringing together renowned experts to discuss disputed and timely topics.


October 24, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Kelowna Community Theatre
1375 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 0B4 Canada
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Additional Info

Registration/RSVP Required
Yes (see event description)
Event Type
Forum, Talk/Lecture
Culture and Diversity, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Policy and Social Change
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Families, Partners and Industry, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates