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The Forum for Public Speaking
A look at how President Ahmadinejad's visit to the US illustrated the conflict between authoritarian and liberal views regarding speech in America.
# 135053 | 1,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Law (Constitution)

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This paper is a discussion of the ideas underlying liberal and authoritarian views of public speaking as considered in light of the September 2007 visit to the United Nations of Iran's President Ahmadinejad. The paper explains that this Iranian leader is notorious for his view that the Holocaust did not occur. The paper then shows how when the Iranian leader spoke at Columbia University, the school president muddied the issue by introducing him with remarks that were themselves a source of great controversy.

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"In September 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was to address the United Nations General Assembly. As part of his visit to New York City, he asked permission to lay a wreath at the site of the World Trade Center Towers, where some 3,000 Americans had died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He also accepted an invitation to speak at New York City's Columbia University. This controversial visit illustrated a conflict between authoritarian and liberal views regarding speech in America. Many Americans find Mr. Ahmadinejad offensive. He insists that Iran has a right to develop nuclear..."

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