April 18, 2016

Free Speech On College Campuses The Topic Of May 2 IowaWatch Forum

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Visitors to the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., are asked whether or not colleges and universities should limit speech as a way to protect students from hateful comments. The informal result when this photo was taken April 3, 2016, was no.

Lyle Muller/IowaWatch

Visitors to the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., are asked whether or not colleges and universities should limit speech as a way to protect students from hateful comments. The informal result when this photo was taken April 3, 2016, was no.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch will hold a public forum on Tuesday, May 2, in Iowa City that examines whether or not limits exist for speech and expression on college campuses.

The forum is part of a spring IowaWatch reporting project, “Making Boundaries: The Impact of Defining Boundaries for Speech and Expression on College Campuses.”

The public forum will feature four to six guest panelists who will discuss how limits on speech and expression align with the learning experience. The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch was a participant in an April 2, 2016, one-day conference on this topic that the Newseum Institute hosted in Washington, D.C.

“We know this is a hot topic on a lot of college campuses in Iowa and also nationally,” IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller said. “We’ve sent reporters to several Iowa campuses to ask whether or not people really have freedom of speech and expression in all instances. We want to share what those reporters learned and advance the conversation so that people have a clearer idea on their own of the role free speech has in our society and our learning experience.”

The public forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. A short reception will follow from 8 to 9 p.m. with light refreshments and h’ordeuvres.

The event is co-sponsored by KGAN CBS2 and Fox28 News, the Iowa City Press-Citizen and the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication Event Planning Program.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that does in-depth investigative and public affairs journalism and shares that work free of charge to collaborating news organizations and, via its website IowaWatch.org, to the public. It also trains college students to do this kind of journalism at a high professional and ethical manner. It was founded in 2010.

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