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Passionate disagreements, divisive protests, insensitivity toward those who think differently and an increase in acts of violence demand focused discussion. 

James Madison University is hosting a virtual event series of multi-industry panelists who think aloud about Freedom of Expression and applicable rights and responsibilities.

This series is sponsored by: Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of the President, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and the Madison Center for Civic Engagement.

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Session 1: Freedom of Expression, Public Speech and Speakers

January 24th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Facilitated by David Kirkpatrick, the interim executive director of the Madison Center for Civic Engagement, the session will feature guest panelist Kara Dillard, interim associate director of the Madison Center, and Madison Center fellows discussing topics such as free speech in the classroom and on campus; restrictions on free speech; time, place and manner restrictions; hate speech, using speech effectively, creating space to listen and talk across differences; understanding, different forms of engagement, and the right to peaceful assembly. Panelists will offer tools and practices for discussing the tensions between free speech and inclusivity on JMU’s campus. 

Session 2: Personal Safety and Security, Weapons and Explosives

February 21st, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Session details to be shared mid-February.

Session 3: Discrimination and Harassment, Personal Code of Conduct

March 21st, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Session details to be shared mid-March.

Session 4: Political Activities, Demonstrations and Solicitation

April 4th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Session details to be shared late March.

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