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#SpeechMatters2024 Viewing Party

Politics, Polarization, and Perils on Campus

Free Speech Center - University of California

Join us as we listen, connect, and reflect together.

Description: With campus expression issues splashed across the front page and debated in Congressional hearings, higher education has become increasingly embroiled in our nation’s polarized politics and discourse. The perils of this moment — from balancing speech and Title VI accountability to the targeted harassment of academics — are only compounded in an election year.

Our sixth annual conference will delve into these subjects and explore current challenges and opportunities for learning, activism and engagement. Join legal experts, journalists and college and university leaders for a lively and dynamic half day of discussion.

-Centering Students: Preparing for the 2024 Presidential Election
-"Just Doing My Job": Targeted Harassment of University Employees
-Title VI, Expression & the Current Campus Climate

- Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Berkeley School of Law
- Michael V. Drake, University of California
- Howard Gillman, UC Irvine
- Catherine Lhamon, U.S. Department of Education
- Nancy Thomas, American Association of Colleges and Universities
- Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

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  • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18


3110 Student Union

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Student Union


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