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Thu 23

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CDT

#SpeechMatters 2023: Fighting for Democratic Freedoms

Listen First Project

Location: Online

In the last year, we have seen our democratic values significantly weakened by political polarization and misinformation. Institutions of higher education – traditionally viewed as havens for access to knowledge and reasoned debate – have faced challenges to academic and personal freedoms that have rippled across our democracy.

From state legislation aimed at censoring curriculum to controversial Supreme Court decisions, our fifth annual conference will explore ways for campuses nationwide to protect our fundamental rights.

– Is Social Media Helping or Harming Democracy?
– Lightning Talk: What’s on the Docket?
– Are Attacks on Academic Freedom a Threat to Democracy?
– Democracy Demands Dialogue
– Purpose of the Press: The Role of Student Media in Navigating Campus Speech Challenges
– Lightning Talk: Looking Ahead

– Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Berkeley School of Law
– Sommer Ingram Dean, Student Press Law Center
– Michael V. Drake, University of California
– Lynn M. Gangone, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
– Howard Gillman, UC Irvine
– Jessica González, Free Press & Free Press Action
– Monroe Gorden, UCLA
– Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, U.S. Center for SafeSport
– Tania Israel, UC Santa Barbara
– Atmika Iyer, Daily Nexus (UC Santa Barbara)
– Jeff Jarvis, CUNY
– Tamara Keith, National Public Radio
– Amna Khalid, Carleton College
– Manu Meel, BridgeUSA
– Jeff Snyder, Carleton College
– Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
More speakers to be announced!

Explore past #SpeechMatters conferences at https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/programs-and-resources/speechmatters/.