Global Freedom of Expression


“Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization” – Columbia Global Freedom of Expression is to launch a MOOC on edX on October 12, 2016

NEW YORK, New York, September 26, 2016 — Columbia Global Freedom of Expression is proud to announce the upcoming launch of its first-ever MOOC (massive open online course) titled Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization on edX on October 12, 2016. Over six weeks, students will be able to learn about the international and regional human rights norms and jurisprudence that define and safeguard freedom of expression.

Dr. Agnès Callamard, the director of Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, takes students on an exciting journey that transcends time, borders, and media frontiers. “From the Danish cartoon about a major religious figure to the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo; from the execution of journalists working on conflict zones to the imprisonment of those reporting on terrorism; from censorship to the internet firewall and government surveillance: these are just some of the challenges that tell the remarkable journey of freedom of expression and information since the end of World War Two and the establishment of an international human rights system,” said Dr. Callamard.

Dr. Callamard has a distinguished career in human rights and global humanitarian work, and has recently been appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Prior to her role at Columbia, she spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting and defending freedom of expression and access to information globally.

The MOOC will consist of video lectures, expert interviews, online discussions, and interactive assessments. Lectures and interviews will feature Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, a First Amendment scholar, as well as prominent journalists, human rights defenders, and freedom of the expression experts from around the world.

Visit ColumbiaX to register for Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization and to keep informed about upcoming MOOC releases from Columbia University. Over the last few years, Columbia University has released several MOOCs on multiple platforms. Videos from previous online courses are available on the Columbia Learn YouTube channel as open educational resources.

This course would not be possible without the technical assistance of the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning and the generous support of our donors, including The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Open Society Foundation.

Registration Page: Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization