Dr. Ben-Porath is a Professor of Literacy, Culture, and International Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Her latest book, Cancel Warsshe argues that the escalating struggles over “cancel culture,” “safe spaces,” and free speech on college campuses are a manifestation of broader democratic erosion in the United States. Ben-Porath sets out to demonstrate the role of the university in American society and, specifically, how it can model free speech in ways that promote democratic ideals.

Ben-Porath studies schools and colleges as democratic institutions. She received her doctorate in political philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2000 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 2001-2004.

The PPE Speaker Series is a student-centered lecture event. Speakers share a brief 30-minute snippet of their work and invite students to engage the material with questions and conversation.

Location: 909 Renaissance Park