The nation’s struggles against oppression and intolerance on the home front are the themes of Franklin & Marshall College’s fall public lecture series. Starting in October, award-winning journalists, authors, historians and legal experts will address topics ranging from free speech and the rights of sexual minorities to immigrants and politics. The first lecture, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12, is “HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship.” The speaker is Nadine Strossen, author of the forthcoming book of the same title and the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and past president of the American Civil Liberties Union. Strossen dispels the many misunderstandings that have clouded the perpetual debates about “hate speech,” including the equally erroneous assertions that it is either absolutely unprotected or absolutely protected. She explains the more nuanced approach that U.S. law actually embodies. It allows hateful or discriminatory speech to be outlawed in many situations, including when it directly causes specific imminent serious harm, but it does not empower government to punish such speech solely because its message is disfavored, disturbing, or feared to possibly contribute to some unidentified harm. Location: Bonchek Lecture Hall, Room 142, Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building, 760 Williamson Way (Building No. 24).