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

Civic Engagement Open Booth and Discussion

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.

Appalachian students have contributed more than $25 million in value to the community in the last 14 years - more than 1.9 million hours of service and nearly $700,000 in funds raised.

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.

Sponsored by Appalachian’s Student Government Association.

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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