Free Speech Week

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Join ASUN, the Reynold’s School of Journalism and the Center for Student Engagement as they present Free Speech Week. This week-long event will present several free events and activities throughout the week of Monday, October 22 through Monday, October 29.

Should Universities Support Student Activism? – Monday, October 22, 2018

Join Joe Cohn, the Legislative & Policy Director from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education(FIRE), as he talks about students’ rights and the responsibility that universities have to support student activism. This event will be held on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom C from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

Athlete Activism in the Political Arena – Tuesday, October 23, 2018

As prominent athletes use their fame and massive social media followings to engage on political issues, we should consider responsibilities, rights, risks and ramifications related to what they say. Are there right and wrong times for athletes to be activists? Should they “stick to sports”? Have social media changed these considerations? What lessons might there be for all students—not just student athletes—who seek success and notoriety in their field?

Join moderator Patrick C. File, PhD, Assistant Professor, Reynolds School of Journalism, as he leads a panel of current and former Nevada student athletes, coaches, university faculty and administrators. Panelists include Ashlee Jones, University of Nevada graduate student and former student athlete; Asauni Rufus, University of Nevada student athlete; Brandon Chambers, Director of Basketball Operations; Mary Dugan, General Counsel and Paul Mitchell, PhD, Recruiting and Retention Coordinator, Reynolds School of Journalism. Come learn their thoughts and perspectives on this issue. This event will be held at the Wells Fargo Auditorium on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stories from the Ground: Free Speech and Activist Work – Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A diverse group of local activists will share their struggles with free speech in their grassroots work. This event will be held at the Wells Fargo Auditorium on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Responding to Hate Speech on Campus workshop – Monday, October 29, 2018

Join the Dean of Students, Kim Thomas, along with the Center for Student Engagement as they discuss university policy around activism. The last part of the session will include a student-only brainstorm session to come up with ideas on how students can prepare to respond to hate speech when it happens on campus. This event will be held on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free Speech in Activism – A Historical Timeline Exhibit – Monday, October 22 through Monday, October 29

This wielding exhibit will run alongside Free Speech Week. You can check it out at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the First and Third Floor.