UNDERSTANDING FREE SPEECH ON A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
The First Amendment guarantees a right to free speech, but how does that apply at a university?
How does the First Amendment affect a university’s ability to promote the discussion and debate of ideas? How does the concept of free speech intersect with free thinking? Does the First
Amendment apply differently to students, staff, and faculty? To what extent does the First Amendment protect the dissemination of
research? What opportunities and risks are there for activism and
advocacy among students, staff, and faculty? What can we learn from the history of activism on a college campus? How do these questions affect the future of universities?
This event is sponsored by The Commons, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, the Department of African & African-American Studies, and the Department of American Studies.
Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
Stefan M. Bradley, Associate Professor of History St. Louis University
Connie Burk, Executive Director, the NW Network
Susan Kruth, Senior Program Officer, Legal and Public Advocacy, FIRE
Jeff Chasen, Moderator, Associate Vice Provost, Integrity & Compliance
Order of Events
Opening Statements by the Panel
Remarks from Panel