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A lesson in free speech at UC Irvine

by AirTalk

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A protester holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution while demonstrating in front of the U.S. Supreme Court December 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

Earlier this month, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren gave a talk at UC Irvine on U.S.-Israeli relations. Oren's appearance, sponsored by the law school and political science department, was interrupted 10 times by students expressing their disagreement, resulting in 11 arrests. Supporters of the students argue that they were exercising their First Amendment rights, while critics counter that there is an appropriate time and place for freedom of expression. What are the limits of free speech?

Click here for AirTalk's interview with Michael Oren the morning following his speaking engagement at UCI.

Video courtesy Orange County Register


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David Lehrer, President, Community Advocates

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