Artistic Expression

The Issue

Artistic expression is currently being endangered by the fragmentation of society into increasingly inward-focused social groupings that reject alternative perspectives and questions to their taken-for-granted reality. 

Why It Matters

Artistic expression has been a principal way in which the most important aspects of our common humanity have come to be understood and communicated. 

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression engages the public in dialogue about the importance of artistic expression and supports artists when there are attempts to restrict or suppress their work. The Centre is particularly interested in how social media contributes to the fragmentation of society and the chilling of artistic expression.

Resources

Podcast

Black Stand-Up Comedy as Cultural Critique

Terrence Tucker in conversation with Vershawn Young

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Ward v. Quebec

November 13, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in Mike Ward’s favour in a case that pitted the comedian’s right to free expression over singer Jérémy Gabriel’s right to dignity as defined by Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Past Event

Black Stand-Up Comedy as Cultural Critique

Terrence Tucker in conversation with Vershawn Young

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Proposed Shortening of Poetry Book Provokes Mi'kmaw Poet

June, 1 2021 - In Nova Scotia, the Department of Education and Rebecca Thomas, a Mi’kmaw poet, have clashed over the proposed publication of a school edition of her poems.

Blog Post

Don’t Throw Rosemary’s Baby Out with the Bathwater

Roman Polanski does not deserve to be vilified or cancelled, despite his conviction of sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1978, and more recent allegations by women who state that he sexually abuse

By Ummni Khan