The First Amendment
Law Review will host “Free Speech in Higher Education," a
symposium to discuss the importance of balancing student expression and
academic freedom while maintaining a safe and comfortable learning environment.
The symposium will be held at the Carolina Club on Friday, Oct. 30, from 8:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and the public are
invited to attend.
Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in
Education (FIRE) will deliver the keynote address. Shibley will also speak on the
The opening panel, “Practical Perspectives,” will be
moderated by Jeffrey Hirsch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Geneva
Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor at UNC School of Law. Panelists include Jenna Robinson from the Pope Center for
Higher Ed, Robert Shibley from FIRE, and former University of Virginia
president Robert O'Neil.
The “Faculty Speech” panel will be moderated by William Marshall,
William Rand Kenan Professor at UNC School of Law. Panelists
include Joseph Blocher from Duke University, Heidi Kitrosser from the
University of Minnesota, and Vikram Amar from the University of Illinois.
The third panel, “Student Speech,” will be moderated by UNC
School of Law Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea with Thomas Healy from Seton
Hall University, Aaron Caplan from Loyola Marymount University, Alexander
Tsesis Loyola University Chicago, and Rodney Smolla Widener University serving
“This is a great opportunity to learn about how universities
balance free speech rights with campus safety,” symposium editor Jamie
Rudd 3L says.
The symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium
is also worth 3.75 hours of CLE credit available to attorneys for $100.
The full symposium schedule and registration information is
available at http://www.law.unc.edu/journals/falr/symposium/.
Contact John Gibson or Jamie Rudd with questions.
The symposium is generously supported by UNC Student
Congress, GPSF, Themis Bar Review, UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, UNC
Media Law Society, NC ACLU, Education and Policy Education Society and American
-October 21, 2015