March 23-31, 2017
Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Schedule of Events

All events listed are free and open to the public.

  • What is Hate Speech?
    Mar
    23
    A panel discussion featuring Dr. Paul Gates, Dr. Marian Williams and Dr. Cary Fraser
    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons
    Free event

    Hate speech – it’s a term we hear in conversation, in the media and in discussions of free speech. But what does “hate speech” mean? Our faculty panel brings legal, political and journalism expertise to a discussion of the legal and social implications on our campus and in American society.

  • You Can’t See This
    Mar
    26
    Sunday, March 26, 2017
    On display beginning at 5 p.m.
    4th Floor Lobby, Belk Library and Information Commons
    Free event

    An art exhibit curated by students from Appalachian’s Department of Art is a visual commentary on art and censorship.

  • THEM: Images of Separation
    Mar
    27
    31
    A traveling exhibition of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
    March 27-31, 2017
    222 Plemmons Student Union (Wiseman's View)
    Free event

    "THEM: Images of Separation," is a traveling exhibition that showcases items from popular culture used to stereotype different groups. The negative imagery—found on postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs and costumes—promoted stereotyping against such groups as Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Jews and poor whites, as well as those who are "other" in terms of body type or sexual orientation.

  • Why the Exhibit?
    Mar
    27
    Public opening for “THEM: Images of Separation” with an introduction by Dr. David Pilgrim
    Monday, March 27, 2017
    5:30-6:30 p.m., reception and exhibition
    222 Plemmons Student Union (Wiseman's View)
    Free event

    Dr. David Pilgrim, vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ferris State University, will discuss the exhibition “THEM: Images of Separation,” which will be on display as a part of “Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State.”

  • Stories of Resilience with Dr. David Pilgrim, Dr. Alex Howard and J.J. Brown
    Mar
    28
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    100 Plemmons Student Union (New River)
    Free event

    A public talk and discussion led by leading sociology expert Dr. David Pilgrim.

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
    Mar
    28
    A discussion of hate music with Dr. Nancy Love
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    415 Plemmons Student Union (Rough Ridge)
    Free event

    There is a long history of protest music from progressive movements such as the civil rights, labor and environmental movements. Dr. Nancy Love leads a discussion of a different category of music, one which, she says, “is specifically intended to recruit members and raise funds in order to create hatred and promote violence.”

  • Panorama
    Mar
    28
    An App Speaks event
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)
    Free event

    This TED Talks-inspired evening gives students an opportunity to share their passions and perspectives on freedom of speech and the First Amendment in an open, non-persuasive environment with an engaged audience.

  • Sticks, stones and snowflakes
    Mar
    29
    A discussion about resiliency and sustainability
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    10:00am-11:00am
    421 Belk Library and Information Commons
    Free event

    A panel of faculty experts discusses why building a skill set to manage challenges and recover from difficulty is good for society, and what Appalachian can do and is doing to help our campus community build these skills.

  • Staff Connect
    Mar
    29
    A reception for Appalachian staff and book signing with Dr. Lee Bird, special guest
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)
    Free event

    Hosted by Chancellor Everts, Staff Connect brings together members of Appalachian’s staff from across campus once each month for a social event that offers opportunities to make and build professional relationships beyond the boundaries of departments or previously established professional ties.

  • Intellectual Honesty
    Mar
    29
    A lecture about free speech on college campuses with Robert L. Shibley
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)
    Free event

    A Public Policy issue lecture by Robert L. Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), with commentary by Appalachian's Director of External Affairs and Community Relations, moderated by Dr. Philip Ardoin, chair of Appalachian's department of Government and Justice Studies.

  • The Free Hugs Project with Ken E. Nwadike Jr.
    Mar
    29
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    8:00pm
    Legends
    (Note: All patrons of Legends events must present a valid I.D. for entry and be at least 18 years old)
    Free event

    One of the nation’s top motivational speakers, the founder of the Free Hugs Project will show his audience how to be the change they wish to see in society.

  • The First Amendment and Your Student Organization
    Mar
    31
    A facilitated Q&A with Dr. Lee Bird
    Friday, March 31, 2017
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    120 Plemmons Student Union (Roan Mountain)
    Open to all student groups, pre-registration required

    A facilitated Q&A session for student organizations with Dr. Lee Bird, co-author of The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators.

  • Faculty Club
    Mar
    31
    A reception for Appalachian faculty and book signing with Dr. Lee Bird, special guest
    Friday, March 31, 2017
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    220 Plemmons Student Union (Whitewater Lounge)
    Free event

    Established by Chancellor Sheri N. Everts in 2014, Faculty Club is an opportunity for faculty from across campus and faculty emeriti to join the chancellor in a relaxed and informal setting which is designed to generate an atmosphere of community and collaboration among Appalachian's faculty members.