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

So You Want to Protest? A special program for student activists

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. Come hear insights from App State Police Chief Andy Stephenson and Attorney and Director of Appalachian’s Student Legal Clinic Karla Rusch on how you can stay safe and effect change in our community.

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.

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