November 12-16, 2018
Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

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.

  • 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?

Each semester, the Appalachian Community investigates these questions, and others like them, through intentional programming designed to explore meaningful, challenging issues respectfully.

Join us for a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums.

2018 Schedule of Events

  • Keynote Part One: Toussaint Romain: When ‘Say What’ Doesn't Work
    Nov
    12
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Monday, November 12, 2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)
    Free and open to the public

    Civil rights activist, former public defender and Constitutional Law educator Toussaint Romain discusses free speech, activism, public protest, law enforcement and your rights.

  • Panel Discussion: Freedom of Speech: Just Watch What You Say…
    Nov
    13
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    5:30pm-7:00pm
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)
    Free and open to the public

    A panel of legal experts, social justice educators and activists, faculty and students will be moderated by radio host and law professor Stewart Harris. Topics will center around freedom of speech on campus, in our community and beyond.

  • Keynote Part Two: Stewart Harris: Of Fascists and Snowflakes: Liberty, Equality, and the Modern American University
    Nov
    14
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    124 Reich College of Education Building (Gordon Gathering Hall)
    Free and open to the public

    Former environmental, civil rights and First Amendment attorney, constitutional law professor and radio show host Stewart Harris presents and discusses issues close to home at any university around free speech, hate speech and how to navigate First Amendment rights at a public university.

  • Freedom of Speech 101
    Nov
    15
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Thursday, November 15, 2018
    7:30pm-8:30pm
    417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)
    Free and open to the public

    Explore the issues of freedom of speech and expression at Appalachian State University through a brief examination of the local (UNC Policy 1300.8), historical and legal underpinnings of the topic.

  • So You Want to Protest? A special program for student activists
    Nov
    15
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Thursday, November 15, 2018
    9:00pm-10:00pm
    417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)
    Free and open to the public

    A special program for student activists interested in staying safe, learning about your rights and exploring strategies both outside of and within “the system” for addressing change.

  • Civic Engagement Open Booth and Discussion
    Nov
    16
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    12:00pm-1:30pm
    Sanford Mall
    Free and open to the public

    How does a university respond when the expressions of speech on campus become hostile? We show our true selves. Students are invited to join their Student Government Association representatives for a discussion about student involvement in the community. Faculty, staff and community members are also welcome.

  • Freedom of Expression on a Public University Campus – Where Do I Fit In? A webinar program for faculty and staff
    Nov
    16
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    2:00pm
    155 Plemmons Student Union (Tater Hill)
    Registration is required

    Dr. Erik Kneubuehl, associate vice chancellor for Student Involvement & Leadership at East Carolina University leads a webinar for faculty and staff. Issues of personal expression, advocating for students, managing classroom discussions and helping students navigate their own communications challenges are some topics that will be covered.

  • Paint Your Peace
    Nov
    16
    Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Free Expression Tunnel, Rankin Science Building Parking Lot
    Free and open to the public

    Appalachian’s Free Expression tunnels serve to share speech, art and ideas that are sometimes innocuous and sometimes reprehensible. Students are invited to join their Student Government Association representatives to paint positive messages in the Free Expression tunnels. Faculty, staff and community members are also welcome.

What campus learned in 2017 from ‘Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State’
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.

Podcasts

Sponsoring organizations

  • Office of the Chancellor
  • Division of Academic Affairs
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Student Government Association
  • Residence Hall Association

Committee members

  • Co-Chair – Dr. Jacqui Bergman, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Co-Chair – Dr. Jonathon Hyde, Dean of Students & Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Phillip Ardoin, Chair, Department of Government and Justice Studies
  • Danielle Carter, Director, Multicultural Student Development
  • Jeff Cathey, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, Student Affairs
  • Matthew Dockham, Director of External Affairs & Community Relations
  • Dr. Willie Fleming, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Hank Foreman, Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff
  • Chris Grulke, Assistant Marketing Director for Strategy & Analytics, University Communications
  • Megan Hayes, Chief Communications Officer
  • Brigitte Kelly, Vice President, Student Government Association
  • Leonie Kruger, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Paul Meggett, University General Counsel
  • Traci Royster, Director of Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives, Student Affairs
  • Leroy Wright, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Related links

Say What? Poster (PDF 6.73M)
Say What? Poster (PDF 6.73M)
PDF 6.73M