On Friday Feb. 21, Harvard Law School hosted the inaugural Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum, the first in an ongoing series of discussions designed to promote and model full, vigorous, and civil discourse on critical and complicated issues facing our community, our nation, and our world. Funded by the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, the Rappaport Forum honors Jerry Rappaport ’47, who founded the HLS Forum in 1946 to invite speakers to address issues facing the world post-World War II.
The inaugural Rappaport Forum event, “When is Speech Violence? And Other Questions About Campus Speech” featured: Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and author of “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain”; and Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business and co-author of “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.” The discussion was moderated by Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.