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

Sticks, stones and snowflakes

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

Across the country, institutions of higher education are discussing how to help our students become more resilient. How do we balance offering a learning environment in which failure can be a key learning experience with preparation to manage the real and difficult challenges of life beyond academia? And what does this have to do with sustainability? 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.

Panelists for the event include:

  • Dr. Susan Doll, associate professor, Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Dr. Vachel Miller, associate professor, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, Reich College of Education
  • Dr. Rajat Panwar, associate professor, Department of Management, Walker College of Business
  • Dr. Richard Rheingans, professor and chair, Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development

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.

Join the conversations!

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