Episode 98: Susan Benesch monitors the kind of “Dangerous Speech” that may lead to genocide.

SIS BeneschSusan Benesch is the founding director of the Dangerous Speech Project. In this role she has helped to create a set of guidelines that helps policy makers and observers deduce the conditions under which inflammatory public rhetoric crosses the line to become a catalyst for major violence. We kick off discussing what those criteria are have a broader conversation about the role of language in inspiring violence.

Susan had a career as a journalist, covering conflict in Latin America in the 1980s and 1990s and then, after experiencing some profound physical and emotional turbulence, she switched careers and became a human rights lawyer, working among other places at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

This episode is a great exploration of the role of speech in catalyzing violence, and an interesting exploration of a career path that started in journalism and moved to law.

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