Understanding Free Speech on a University Campus

7:00 PM Wednesday, March 25, 2015 The Commons

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.

Please submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #CampusFreeSpeech


  • 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

  • Welcome
  • Opening Statements by the Panel
  • Moderated Questions
  • Audience Questions
  • KU Responses
  • Remarks from Panel
  • Closing Remarks
Of interest to:
Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
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