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Clash of Ideas on Campus: State of the 1st Amendment at Public Universities

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Hart Senate Office Building Room 216

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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (www.aplu.org) and The Fund for American Studies (www.TFAS.org) invite you to attend a special event to explore the complex set of free speech issues confronting public universities.

Public universities are vital pillars of our democracy, helping to advance knowledge and serving as venues for vigorous debate and the free expression of speech and ideas. Yet in recent years, some have questioned both that role and also the open-mindedness of students and faculty. At the same time, public universities have become a backdrop for some individuals who aim to sow discord, rather than advance a meaningful public dialogue.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune will moderate our expert panel featuring:

  • Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Howard Gillman, Chancellor, University of California, Irvine
  • Alejandrina Guzman, 2017-18 Student Government President, University of Texas at Austin
  • Stephen Hayes, Editor-in-Chief, The Weekly Standard

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.8 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $44.9 billion in university-based research.

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