Harold Wilson’s guests on today’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition are Don Rush, Associate
Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs; at Delmarva Public Radio; and Adam Wood, Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. This is the second in a series of three discussions on free speech. In the first session in January the program featured free speech on college campuses. Later this summer free speech and the internet will be the topic of discussion. This broadcast considers free speech and civil society or, free speech in the broader community. The Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries and its ideals of reason, science, humanism, and progress will be considered as the birth place of free speech and the foundation of democracy in America. The primary question considered is whether free speech and the Enlightenment ideas are seriously threatened in America today. Neuroscientist and linguist Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now is featured in the discussion.