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Discussion on Free Speech Next in Literatour Berks

By The Jewish Federation of Reading

Oct 15, 2020

Wyomissing, PA, — The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks in partnership with Exeter Community Library and Sinking Spring Public Library announce the next author in the second season of Literatour Berks, a community-wide celebration with 29 events featuring authors, celebrities, and cultural influencers throughout Berks County. The public is invited to a virtual discussion on free speech with Thane Rosenbaum on Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.  

Rosenbaum will discuss his new book “Saving Free Speech From Itself”. Rosenbaum describes his book: “The First Amendment and its Free Speech Clause has been distorted and would be now unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers. Speech can cause great harm to human dignity and health. Europeans do not allow neo-Nazis and extremists bent on inciting violence to march and trample over the rights of other citizens. College campuses now permit the shouting down of speakers and attacks against Jews in the name of anti-Zionism that have nothing to do with the marketplace of ideas. This book hopes to start a conversation that will lead to free speech reform.”

Thane Rosenbaum is an essayist, novelist, and law professor. His articles, reviews, and essays appear frequently in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Daily Beast, and other national publications. He serves as the Legal Analyst for CBS News Radio, and is a frequent moderator at the 92nd Street Y. He is a Distinguished University Professor at Touro College, where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.  

Registration for this free virtual event can be found at 

Signed copies of the books will be available for purchase through the Literatour Berks official book vendor, Reads & Company of Phoenixville. 

Literatour Berks is a community program that will bring 29 authors in exciting programs from September 2020 to June 2021 to Berks County, virtually and in-person. The program is presented by Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks in partnership with Exeter Community Library and Sinking Spring Public Library. A complete list of authors and topics can be found at Additional support in the form of community patrons is acknowledged and appreciated. 

The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks is the planning, coordinating and fundraising arm of the Jewish community. The Federation raises and allocates funds along with the Jewish Federations of North America and collective efforts in support of many vital local, national, and international Jewish organizations.

Exeter Community Library and Sinking Spring Public Library are members of the Berks County Public Libraries.

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