IUP’s Year of Free Speech—Get Involved!

Posted on 10/12/2018 11:36:00 AM

Celebrate National Free Speech Week throughout the year. IUP’s Year of Free Speech is well underway, with opportunities for everyone to become involved.

IUP Free Speech Project.: Use Words ResponsiblyA 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:

Speech Space

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.

The “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.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Collegiate Media Summit

  • October 20

  • 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).

“The Censorship of Comic Books”

  • October 24

  • 6:30 p.m.

  • 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.

“Listening, Hearing and the Win-Win Perspective”

  • October 26

  • 3:30 p.m.

  • 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.

Speech Space

In conjunction with Media Literacy Week (IUP Libraries)

  • November (date, time and place to be announced)

“Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom: Preparing for the Expected or Unimaginable”

  • November 7

  • 3:30 p.m.

  • Ackerman Hall, Room 116

“Improv/Performance and De-Escalation”

  • November 9
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences building, Room 114

"Why Defend the Speech We Hate?"

Featuring Vic Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union

  • November 13
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Location to be announced

“Building an Inclusive Classroom”

  • February 1, 2019

  • 3:30 p.m.

  • Location to be announced

Greg Lukianoff, co-author, The Coddling of the American Mind

Six O’Clock Series

  • February 18, 2019

“Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education”

  • February 15, 2019

  • 3:30 p.m.

  • Location to be announced

“Promoting an Inclusive Cultural in the Classroom”

  • February 16, 2019

  • 8:30 a.m.

  • Location to be announced

“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 free-speech@iup.edu. 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.