“I urge our campus community to join together, respect one another and promote positive speech, while allowing for differing opinions...It is up to every student, faculty member, staff member, and myself to demonstrate our university values of respect and inclusion in all that we do. We have an opportunity to lead the way.”
-W. Kent Fuchs
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Faculty from across disciplines spoke on raising the campus community’s knowledge of First Amendment issues, while addressing the nuanced relationship between free speech and campus climate. Panelists were Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the College of Journalism and Communications; Professor Kenneth Nunn, Associate Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Levin College of Law, and Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center; Associate Professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. James Tyger, JD, Director, Student Government Advising & Operations, served as moderator.
The event was hosted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information in the College of Journalism and Communications, and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) at the Levin College of Law.
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