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

You Can’t See This

Sunday, March 26, 2017 / On display beginning at 5 p.m.
4th Floor Lobby, Belk Library and Information Commons
Free event

The American Civil Liberties Union defines censorship as “the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are ‘offensive’" by the government or private pressure groups. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional. This exhibit showcases works of art and literature that have been censored and offers an opportunity to think about what led to their suppression, and what happens when this suppression takes place.

Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, is faced with the challenge of balancing a respect for and obligation to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution with an institutional culture of respect for thought, belief and community.

  • When members of our community express themselves in ways that belittle or degrade others, how do we address these actions?
  • When members of our community view expressions of speech as threats, how do we ensure their safety?
  • How can we protect freedom of speech and thought for all members of our community?
  • Can we – or should we – use policy to address these matters?

Through a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums with experts in the field, our community will explore these questions, and others.

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