Slam Academy, including “Hate speech” Monologues that Turn Prejudice to Love
The founder, editor and host of the Slam Academy is Peter Molnar, European Slam Poetry Champion and free speech scholar.
The Slam Academy
- combines slam poetry performances and poetry reading with discussion of burning questions, in collaboration with CEU academic units, and with participation from other universities, or research institutes,
- brings together performers and researchers, art and science, and occasionally also politicians and politics, with impartial courage of thought that questions the truth also in our own thoughts,
- engages, besides members of the CEU community who are still in Budapest, the broader public, the broader community around CEU.
From 2020, the story telling theater of the „Hate Speech” Monologues that Turn Prejudice to Love becomes part of the Slam Academy. In a „hate speech” monologue as well as in a slam poetry performance the performers share their personal experiences in their own words, very shortly, in few minutes.
The artistical genre of slam poetry (started in Chicago in 1986) is an embodiment of freedom of speech, an open platform where slammers perform their own words to reflect and self-reflect on sensitive questions, in poems, prose, or any other way of speaking to a microphone for about 3 minutes.
All Slam Academy and „Hate Speech” Monologues that Turn Prejudice to Love events take place in the CEU Auditorium, in English, or in Hungarian.
The 'Hate Speech' Monologues was invented and has been conceived and directed by Peter Molnar and performed by the CEU students, alumni, and Molnar himself. Initially an optional part of Molnar's course "Enabling Policies for Responding to 'Hate Speech' in Practice" during the Fall of 2012, the performance has become a tradition at CEU, with main yearly performances in March since 2013 (See the videos from March 2013, March 2014, March 2015, March 2016 and March 2017), with fall performances since September 2013 to welcome the incoming students with a participatory theater to raise awareness to 'hate speech' and prejudice, and performances that focus on anti-Gypsyism in April since 2018.