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Free Speech Symposium: Questioning the Marketplace of Ideas

Date: 8:00am - 2:15pm PDT October 10 Location: Templeton Campus Center

  • Free Speech Symposium: Questioning the Marketplace of Ideas
    Free Speech Symposium: Questioning the Marketplace of Ideas

Templeton Campus Center

How does “free speech” operate on a private, liberal arts campus? Where are the legal boundaries? How do we make sense of the impact of speech on others, especially in relation to power, equity, and privilege? Where are the tensions between speech and community?

This symposium seeks to explore these questions and more as we situate them in the context of Lewis & Clark College. Join us for a day of discussion and dialogue with students, staff, and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Law School, and Common Services.

Event open to Lewis & Clark community only. Please RSVP for all the sessions you plan to attend.

Program

 Symposium Check-in and Refreshments

Council Chamber Foyer Area
8:00 am

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Symposium Welcome

Council Chamber
8:45 am

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The Constitutional Backdrop

Council Chamber
9:00am - 9:45am

This session will explain what free speech protections exist and do not exist for college faculty, staff and students. It will also provide some comparative information regarding free speech protections in other countries. When Americans discuss the issue of free speech, they frequently include references to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That amendment explicitly protects “the freedom of speech,” and the Fourteenth Amendment has been interpreted to include a similar protection. But because those two constitutional amendments only provide rights against government actors, they do not necessarily provide the controlling rule in many contexts where people might assume they have a right to free speech. One such context is the campus of a private college like Lewis & Clark. This will be a short panel presentation, followed by a facilitated conversation, and a question & answer period. 

Moderator: Janet Steverson, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Douglas K. Newell Professor of Law 
William Funk, Lewis & Clark Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Jim Oleske
, Professor of Law 

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Limitations on Speech

Council Chamber
9:50am-10:30am

This session recognizes that although the constitution does not require private colleges in Oregon to provide free speech protections to its students, faculty and staff, the constitutional free speech norms can and do inform the approach that a private college takes to balancing free expression interests with other important interests. The session is discussion-based and asks participants to utilize two case studies in considering how best to balance these interests in the private college context. This will be an interactive session with facilitated small group discussions and a talk back session.

Discussion Facilitator: Janet Steverson, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Douglas K. Newell Professor of Law 

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Break
Council Chamber
10:30am-10:45am

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Marketplace of Ideas: the Ideal and the Reality 

Council Chamber
10:45am-12:00pm

This session will present information regarding different concepts of what constitutes the “marketplace of ideas” and will give historical information on this marketplace, including a built-in lack of access to the marketplace by a wide variety of individuals. Then the session participants will discuss the interplay between how the marketplace ideally operates and how the marketplace realistically operates. This is a panel conversation followed by opportunities for question and answer. 

Moderator: Kundai Chirindo, Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Media Studies, Ethnic Studies, CAS
Lyell Asher, Associate Professor of English, CAS
Gordon Kelly, Associate Professor with term and Director of Classics, CAS
Gabriela Lopez ’19, Classics Major, CAS

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Lunch & Discussion: The Influences of Your Media on Your Ideology
Stamm
12:15pm-1:30pm

This lunch will feature structured questions for participants to interrogate what medias are at play today and how they influence the creation of our own ideologies and others.

Discussion Facilitator: Angela Buck, Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, CAS

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Dessert & Debrief 
Stamm
1:30pm-2:15pm

This will offer participants an unstructured time to discuss the days information, debrief with each other, and enjoy some delicious dessert.

Please RSVP for all the sessions you plan to attend. 

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Event Cost

Free

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