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Free Speech for Campus Activists

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 5:30 PM
Virtual - ZOOM TBD
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Free Speech for Campus Activists
Faculty/Staff, Students
Haas Center for Public Service

Are you an activist?  An undergraduate student leader?  Do you want to learn about the contours of the First Amendment? Or about how to more effectively use your voice to support or protest issues that are important to you?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Haas Center for Public Service is sponsoring “Free Speech for Student Activists” a three two-hour virtual workshop that will complete a deep dive into campus activism, the limits of free speech and the right to protest. Using an interactive format, participants will confront challenges such as how to respond to hateful expression without censoring speech.

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Topics will include:

–          the university’s responsibility to protect students and their rights;

–          how to build a more just and resilient campus community;

–          what to do when speakers from off-campus come to spread hate

–          how the global pandemic and online learning affect campus speech.

Upon completion, workshop participants will receive a certificate from the ACLU as well as leave with a more robust understanding of the legal parameters of speech on campus.

The workshop runs three afternoons, from Tuesday, April 13-Thursday, April 15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm each day. Registeration required. 

Your Instructors:

Emerson Sykes, Staff Attorney, ACLU

Emerson is a First Amendment litigator focused on the right to protest, campus speech, and the intersection of free speech and racial justice. From 2019-20, he was also host of “At Liberty,” the ACLU’s weekly podcast. Prior to joining the ACLU, Emerson was a legal advisor for Africa at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. He was previously an assistant general counsel at the New York City Council and a senior policy fellow in the office of a Member of Parliament in Ghana. Emerson holds a J.D. from NYU Law, an M.P.A. from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.A. from

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