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What's With AU?

November 20, 2019 | 5:00PM | MGC 245

Join us in a panel discussion as we break down the mold of the typical AU student and the pressures of having constant internships and multiple leadership positions. This panel provides AU community members with an opportunity to better understand student life at AU. Why is the typical AU student under these pressures? Who created these pressures? AU faculty and staff will be able to offer observations of student behavior and mindset over many generations or at different universities which they have taught at.

American Jewish Identity

November 18, 2019 | 7:00PM | Hughes Formal

This discussion will focus on the use of Jews and the issue of anti-Semitism as a political hacky sack by the American political right and left. A four-person panel of expert Jewish speakers will discuss some of these difficult issues on stage before opening things up to questions from the audience. Attendees will be able to consider the tension between marginalization and privilege within the American Jewish community.

The Picture of Dorian Gray Talkback

November 9, 2019 | 3:00PM | Katzen 151

This talkback will take place among the will focus on the legacy of problematic authors and how to properly perform their work. Focusing around the example of Oscar Wilde and the Picture of Dorian Gray, we will explore how to separate, or not separate, authors and their writing. To participate in this event, you must have attended the play.

Paradox of Tolerance

October 23, 2019 | 11:30AM | Hughes Formal Lounge

The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. This panel will discuss whether and to what extent religious tolerance warrants limits on laws, such as antidiscrimination laws, designed to ensure tolerance for, access by, and participation in society for members of the protected classes.

A Conversation with Louis Michael Seidman: Can Free Speech Be Progressive?

April 3, 2019 | 2:30PM | Hughes Formal Lounge

Louis Michael Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law. Seidman spoke about his work, "Can Free Speech Be Progressive?," outlining his arguments and discussing the constitutionalization of free speech and the tension between property and speech.

Watch Seidman's lecture.

The Spring 2019 Global Education Forum: "Hate Comes to Campus"

March 28, 2019 | 2:30PM | SVB 6th Floor

Join Shannon Gilreath, Ibram X. Kendi, and Lara Schwartz for a panel discussion on free speech and the future of the campus community.

Conviction and Authenticity in Political Communication: A Conversation with Tyler Lewis

March 6, 2019 | 11:30AM | MGC 200

Tyler Lewis is the Director of Coalition Communications and Research at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Lewis spoke about political communication, the importance of moral clarity and repetition, and the interplay between passion and anger.

Watch Lewis' lecture.

Activism, Discourse, and Identity with “The Monopoly Man.”

November 1, 2018

Ian Madrigal (formerly Amanda Werner), an attorney and consumer advocate best known as “The Monopoly Man,” discussed the interplay of identity and discourse and how they use their voice and platform for activism.

Watch the lecture.

Free Speech Isn't Free: A Conversation with Garrett Epps

October 17, 2018

Garrett Epps is a law professor at the University of Baltimore and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. Epps spoke about the complexity of free speech and the unequal burden it can present.

Watch Epps' lecture on YouTube.
A Reflection on "A Conversation with Garrett Epps"
Project on Civil Discourse Guest Lecturer Examines First Amendment

Diversity of Opinion and Campus Speech: A Conversation with Josh Blackman

September 27, 2018

Josh Blackman is a law professor at the South Texas College of Law and a Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar. Blackman spoke about the role that free speech plays in education and his own experience with being protested.

Watch Blackman’s lecture.
A Reflection on “A Conversation with Josh Blackman”
Understanding the Role of Free Speech on Campus

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