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Students and Freedom of Expression on Campus

Today’s students are challenging free-speech norms and are more likely than older generations to support restrictions that limit offensive speech. What’s more, the rise of social media, new sexual-harassment policies, and demands for more racial diversity and inclusiveness have sometimes complicated free expression on campus. In this environment, how can colleges promote open inquiry and discussion while balancing changing attitudes?

Join us for a virtual forum with Michael S. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University; Eduardo Peñalver, the president of Seattle University; Amna Khalid, an associate professor at Carleton College; and Robert Sellers, the vice provost for equity and inclusion at the University of Michigan. They will share their perspectives on:

  • How is free expression evolving on college campuses?
  • How do college leaders respond to claims that their institutions have become unwelcoming places for certain views?
  • How can colleges mitigate potential conflicts when they do arise?

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