First Amendment Law Review Hosts “Free Speech in Higher Education” Symposium Oct. 30

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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 first panel.

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 as panelists.

“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 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 Constitution Society.

-October 21, 2015

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