November 12-16, 2018
Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, faces 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.
Each semester, the App State Community investigates these questions, and others like them, through intentional programming designed to explore meaningful, challenging issues respectfully.
University Communications’ Dave Blanks wanders campus along with intern Liz Pope asking Appalachian students what the phrase “We the people” means to them.
Host Nickolas Jordan and his guest, trial lawyer and social justice activist Toussaint Romain, discuss effective tactics for speaking truth to “crazy.” Romain shares some meaningful family history and what motivates him to keep fighting for the cause every day.
Guest Stewart Harris, a constitutional law scholar and host of the public radio show “Your Weekly Constitutional,” discusses the First Amendment protection of speech and expression and how it plays out on college campuses.
In this episode of “Your Weekly Constitutional,” host Stewart Harris highlights key moments and conversations during his campus visit to Appalachian as part of the university’s annual “Say What?: Examining Free Speech at App State” event.
Listen to podcasts recorded during the weeklong series of events held in March, 2017
The series of events titled “Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State” centered around the First Amendment and freedom of expression on our campus. In presenting this programming, Appalachian State University proactively explored issues of free speech, academic freedom and respect for differences of opinion and belief faced by college campuses across the nation.
The series of more than two dozen events culminated March 31, 2017, but the conversation continues.
Dr. David Pilgrim, leading expert on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity and race relations, recently recorded a podcast at Appalachian State University as part of a week-long event exploring freedom of speech on college campuses and the First Amendment.
Dr. Lee Bird, leading expert on First Amendment rights and freedom of speech, recorded a podcast at Appalachian State University.
Since starting FIRE in 2003, Director Robert Shibley has helped students and faculty on hundreds of college campuses defend and protect free speech. He was one of the guest speakers in Appalachian State University’s “Say What?” – a series of more than 30 events exploring freedom of speech on college campuses and the First Amendment.
Dr. Nancy Love, political scientist who teaches critical, democratic and feminist theory and is the author of Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy, explores how music motivates, and our personal responsibility to recognize its power.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Development Leroy Wright joins Appalachian State University Provost Darrell Kruger to talk about the value of and take-aways from a series of campus events discussing freedom of speech.