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Freedom of Expression with Will Creeley
February 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy
Freedom of Expression 2019
FEBRUARY 10, 2019| ROOSEVELT HOUSE, NY
Freedom of expression is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, guaranteed by the First Amendment and held dear for decades by citizens across the political spectrum. But with political tensions at a fever pitch nationwide, the freedom to speak one’s mind has become fraught in recent years — and battles over student speech rights have taken center stage. Can students be punished for walking out in support of gun control–or wearing black face? Should “alt-right” white supremacists be allowed to speak on campus? What about student groups like the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, or Students for Justice in Palestine? Can student athletes take a knee during the National Anthem? In sum: What does free speech mean for students today? Using recent headlines and ongoing controversies as our guide, we’ll find out what happens when the First Amendment goes to school.