Against a backdrop of debates about what type of speech should be permitted, especially on college campuses, the UCLA Department of Philosophy is hosting a special public lecture in which attendees will be asked to rethink their ideas about free speech.

Rae Langton, philosophy professor from the University of Cambridge, in England, will serve as the first distinguished lecturer in UCLA’s philosophy department. In this role, Langton, who is Knightbridge Professor and chair of the philosophy department, will present “Re-imagining Free Speech” on Friday, Feb. 1 in Royce Hall.

As the distinguished lecturer in philosophy, Langton will spend this week at UCLA, presenting a public lecture for the university community, as well as a more research-oriented colloquium for the members of the department.

Re-imagining Free Speech” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 in the humanities conference room, which is Room 314 in Royce Hall.