The Future of Free Speech and Campus Debate

Panel Discussion | March 22 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College

 Shep Melnick, Boston College; Lindsay Shepherd, Laurier University; Larry Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law; Joshua Dunn, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; April Kelly-Woessner, Elizabethtown College; Steve Teles, Johns Hopkins University

 UC Berkeley School of Law

March 22, 2018
310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

Panel 1 (1 – 2:50 pm): The Blurred Lines Over Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Academic Freedom

In recent years college campuses have been at a boil not seen since the 1960s, over issues of identity, safety and security, and the acceptable limits of provocative speech acts. Administrators here and elsewhere are struggling to find a stable policy that honors the traditions of academic freedom as well as the laws protecting free speech. This panel will deliberate about several flash points, including Title IX, hate speech, and the limits of campus expression.

Panelists:
• Larry Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law
• Shep Melnick, Boston College
• Lindsay Shepherd, Laurier University
• George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College


Panel 2 (3:10 – 5:00 pm): Is Intellectual Diversity Essential to Academic Excellence?

Does the current understanding of “diversity” actually generate narrow conformity? The number of conservative academics in the social sciences and humanities has been in steep decline over the last 25 years, and some research suggests the trend of increasing homogeneity may be contributing to campus polarization and ideological isolation.

Panelists:
• Joshua Dunn, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
• April Kelly-Woessner, Elizabethtown College
• Steve Teles, Johns Hopkins University

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