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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2015 First Amendment Law Review Symposium

This fall, the First Amendment Law Review’s annual symposium topic is freedom of speech in higher education. Scholars from across the country will meet in Chapel Hill, NC to discuss this important issue. The symposium will feature three panel discussions covering the following topics:

  1. student speech
  2. faculty and administration speech
  3. practical perspectives on free speech in higher education

The first panel on student speech will discuss the host of legal issues associated with the delicate balance between allowing free expression while also preventing a hostile campus environment. The second panel will focus on the status of free speech protections for faculty and administration. As government employees, these rights differ from those of students, but the panel will look at current trends for the protection of such speech. The third panel will examine free speech in higher education from a practical perspective. We will hear from policymakers, faculty members, and students about their views of the balance between a peaceful campus environment and the value of the First Amendment.

This symposium, sponsored by the only legal journal in the country dedicated solely to the First Amendment, will be essential for anyone interested in the intersection between the First Amendment and higher education. Please check back frequently, as registration information and additional details will be added as we get closer to the event.


Please note: The "Read the Journal" section of our website is currently under construction. Individuals wanting to read articles should either visit HeinOnline or contact Kandace Watkins, our online editor, at falr@unc.edu.

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