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A Community Forum on Speech, "Civility," and Academic Freedom

What does academic freedom mean to you? Who has it and who doesn't? What are its boundaries? How is it justified? What are the University's responsibilities in support of free speech and academic freedom, and what are our responsibilities toward each other? Even the language we use can be controversial. Can we talk about it?

Please join Senior Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson and a diverse panel of faculty members in a Community Forum on Speech, "Civility," and Academic Freedom. Following a panel presentation, you will have an opportunity, through small group discussions with other participants, to talk about how we define and use academic freedom every day.

A Community Forum on Speech, "Civility," and Academic Freedom
Tuesday, October 21, 1-4 p.m.
Beacon Room (Multipurpose Room 5), Recreation & Wellness Center

RSVP here by October 16 to assist in planning.

Free and open to all University faculty, staff and students on the Twin Cities campus. Feel free to come for only part of the time, if you have schedule constraints.

Our goal is to have an open conversation about how we think about these important issues, increase individual and mutual understanding, and come to some agreement about our collective expectations regarding speech and academic freedom. Together, we can determine how to create an environment where academic freedom can truly flourish.

To request disability-related accommodation, please email provost@umn.edu or call 612-625-0051.

Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost