First Amendment issues will be debated Monday when a University of Maryland task force holds a public forum and the university student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts a panel discussion on free speech.
The Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force is inviting students, faculty and staff to attend the forum (Nov. 6, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 6137 McKeldin Library) to offer their opinions on how to balance the right of free speech with the need to combat hate speech on a public university campus.
Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy A. Dalglish is co-chair of the task force, appointed by University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and the University Senate in September to study how the university should nurture a respectful and inclusive campus climate and stand against hate.
The panel is required to submit its report and recommendations to the Senate and president no later than March 30, 2018.
After the public forum, the University of Maryland student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a discussion titled “Free Speech in the Age of Trump” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Knight Hall’s Eaton Theater.
“Understanding and protecting the First Amendment is one of the most important missions of SPJ,” said Merrill College senior Andy Dunn, programming chair for the chapter. “Specifically, free speech on college campuses has become an increasingly hot issue and one that would greatly benefit from a considered discussion.”
Panelists will include Margaret Talev (’94), Bloomerg White House reporter and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association; Adam Goldstein, legal fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education; and Michael Poterala, vice president and general counsel at the University of Maryland. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Spivey, a constitutional expert and government and politics professor at the university.