Freedom of Expression

Civil Discourse Series

The Freedom of Expression and Civil Discourse Series is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with information on their right to free speech on campus as well as the rights of invited speakers. It will also serve as a platform to assist in finding productive, nonviolent ways to respond to speech and expressions with which they disagree without infringing on the free speech rights of others.

Framing Questions

What is the legal, research, and theoretical subject matter on what limits can be placed on the concept of free speech – particularly when it may appear to infringe upon the rights of others?

How do we as a campus family advance and promote a culture and climate that is protective, inclusive, and supportive of individuals and groups that may be targeted or feel marginalized from speech that is protected by the Constitution?

How do we model and embrace the right to free speech without infringing upon the rights of invited speakers and others?

Inaugural Event

When Free Speech Collides with Impermissible Speech:
A Civil Discourse.

    September 27, 2017
    UWM Union, Ballroom

    Panel moderator: Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist and senior journalist from the Chicago Tribune – Mr. Clarence Page.

    Panel participants: Chris Ott (ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director), Rick Esenberg (executive director of Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty), Dr. Blain Neufeld (UWM associate professor and a political ethicist), Dr. Michele Bria (president/CEO of Journey House, and two students.

Faculty Mini-Grant Recipients

The importance of connecting our teaching/learning/research framework to the series is essential. For the academic year, faculty mini-grants are utilized to engage students in coursework directly linked to the topic of freedom of expression. Students are actively engaged in the series through graded assignments and interactions that support the framework.

Throughout the academic year, students will craft questions for panelists, design and implement a student-generated world café around the framework, and serve as active participants in visual and design projects focused on various forms of freedom of expression.

Faculty mini-grant recipients Fall, 2017:

Upcoming Events

    Is Campus Protest Protected Speech?

    1:00 p.m., March 7, 2018
    UWM Union, Ballroom

    Speaker: Geoffrey Stone – Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago

    Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of Our Times

    In this talk, University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone will address the broad issue of academic freedom and the chanllenges of free speech on campus today, including a discussion of the issue of protest in relation to the new University of Wisconsin regulations.

    Questions to be addresses include “How does the principle of freedom of expression, and the law of the First Amendment , apply in the context of higher education? What speech must be tolerated and what are the boundaries of counter-protest?”

    Event live stream:

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