Social Media and Academic Freedom
April 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
George Ciccariello-Maher (NYU), Steve Salaita (Writer)
The explosion of social media in the 21st century has posed a host of new problems for public and private employers, including small businesses, large corporations, and local, state, and federal institutions. Over the past several years, colleges and universities in particular have been involved in many instances in which professors have been vilified and attacked for things they have tweeted or posted on Facebook. The aim of this symposium is to take up the ways in which social media have come to impact and indeed to threaten academic freedom. Speakers will not only consider the relation between online speech and academic freedom but will also address the responsibilities of college and university administrators to protect and defend their faculty, students, and staff from orchestrated online smear campaigns.
This event is the third in a three-part series on Regulating Speech in the University, part of a year-long university-wide exploration of Freedom of Expression, sponsored by the UWM Chancellor’s Office. Because speech (including peaceful assembly) has always been regulated and protected in the United States, beginning with the First Amendment, the aim of the series is not to ask if speech should be regulated but rather how it should be regulated on campus in an era of heightened political tensions and social media attention. The first two events are “Race and Free Speech on Campus–Then and Now” (February 9) and “Is Campus Protest Protected Speech” (March 7).
Cosponsor: UWM Global Inclusion & Engagement