Celebrate National Free Speech Week throughout the year. IUP’s Year of Free Speech is well underway, with opportunities for everyone to become involved.
A series of videos, including a special feature video, “Words Matter: Free Speech on the University Campus,” are on the IUP YouTube channel—you can see them by visiting the IUP Free Speech Project website.
The website has a number of resources about Free Speech and the First Amendment, videos from past events, and comments by students and by IUP Provost Timothy Moerland.
The website also has details about upcoming events, which include:
These “pop up” events are by four student members of the IUP Free Speech Project: Sarah Aycock, Darren Frederick, Sarah Knapp, and Jared Truesdale, all students in IUP’s Public Affairs master’s program.
“Speech Space Squad”—or S3—will be in a variety of places on campus, asking a question related to the First Amendment and Free Speech to students, faculty, staff, or others as they pass by. The exchange will be recorded (with the permission
of the participant) and posted to the IUP Free Speech Project’s video playlist and promoted on the Free Speech twitter account: @IUPwordsmatter.
The first scheduled “Speech Space” will take place on Tuesday, October 16; the next scheduled “Speech Space” is Wednesday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; both will take place in front of Stapleton Library.
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hadley Union Building
The Collegiate Media Summit will feature keynote presenter Wendy Bell and IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department alumni (including two Pulitzer Prize winners).
Humanities and Social Sciences building, Room 225
“The Censorship of Comic Books” will be presented by Distinguished University Professor and professor of English Gian Pagnucci.
Humanities and Social Sciences building, Room 114
Presented by Judy Conlin of Wisconsin Public Schools, this is one of six planned workshops in “The Elephant in the Room: Conversation and Action for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Classroom and Beyond” series.
This year-long program has
been developed by Women and Gender Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Completion of the four events will earn participants a Certificate of Training in Diversity and Inclusion.
In conjunction with Media Literacy Week (IUP Libraries)
November (date, time and place to be announced)
Ackerman Hall, Room 116
Featuring Vic Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union
February 1, 2019
Location to be announced
Six O’Clock Series
February 18, 2019
February 15, 2019
February 16, 2019
“We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from students, faculty, and staff to the IUP Free Speech Project,” said David Chambers, chair of the project and chair of the Department of Political Science.
“I’ve also learned that many departments and offices are offering programs that address those challenging topics associated with Free Speech and the First Amendment. We are glad to add those events to our calendar, and you will probably see some Speech
Spaces pop up in association with these events.
“As we mark National Free Speech Week October 22 through October 28, it’s a very good time to reflect on the privileges—and responsibilities—of the First Amendment,” Chambers said.
Other events in the planning stages include presentations by:
Erwin Cherminsky, co-author, Free Speech on Campus
Jeffery Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center
For more information or to contact the Free Speech Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to visit the IUP Free Speech Project website for updates, and follow the project on social media: @IUPwordsmatter; or visit the Instagram page @IUPFreeSpeech.