John McWhorter

New York Times best-selling author specializing in linguistics and race, host of Lexicon Valley podcast.

John McWhorter

John McWhorter

February 16, 2023, 6:00pm PT

Location: Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)

Beyond Free Speech: Understanding the True Nature of What Divides Us
Moderated by Celina Caesar-Chavannes

John McWhorter teaches linguistics at Columbia University, as well as Western Civilization and music history. He specializes in language change and language contact, and is the author of The Missing Spanish Creoles, Language Simplicity and Complexity, and The Creole Debate. He has written extensively on issues related to linguistics, race, and other topics for Time, The New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and elsewhere, and has been a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic.

He is the author of The Power of Babel, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, The Language Hoax, Words on the Move, Talking Back, Talking Black, and other books, including Nine Nasty Words and Woke Racism, both of which were New York Times bestsellers.

He hosts the Lexicon Valley language podcast, has authored six audiovisual sets on language for the Great Courses company, and has written a twice-weekly newsletter for the New York Times since August 2021.


This event will be moderated by Celina Caesar-Chavannes who is a former Member of Parliament, business consultant, coach, and currently serves as the Sr. Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s University. Her new memoir, “Can You Hear Me Now?” was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Shaughnessy Cohen prize for political writing.


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