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CSUB Kegley Institute of Ethics To Present Panel on Free Speech

Recent events at American university and college campuses ranging from Auburn University and the University of California, Berkeley, to Middlebury College and Oberlin College, among others have revealed significant tensions around the First Amendment right to free speech. California State University, Bakersfield, has not been exempt from this controversy as the proposed (and now cancelled) visit of Milo Yiannopoulos and subsequent debate and media coverage has shown.

The Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield, in collaboration with the CSUB Walter W. Stiern Library, Department of Political Science, and Office of the Provost, will address the issue of free speech during its panel, “Free Speech on Campus: A Panel and Dialogue,” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Dezember Room of the CSUB Walter W. Stiern Library.

The panel will feature presentations from:

  • Dr. Jeanine E. Kraybill, assistant professor of political science at CSUB;

  • Dr. Ivy A.M. Cargile, assistant professor of political science at CSU; and

  • Dr. Michael D. Burroughs, director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and assistant

    professor of philosophy at CSUB.

    The panel will be moderated by Dr. Nate W. Olson, associate director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and assistant professor of philosophy at CSUB.

    The panel will explore both the limits to and protections of free speech on campuses. In addition, discussion will include attention as to how the campus community can consider and engage in dialogue on public speech and speakers at CSUB.

    Questions that will be considered include:

  • Are there qualities of speech such as its educational intent, purpose, and potential for harm to members of a campus community that should be considered when deciding on speakers and related venues for speech?

  • Are issues of free speech distinct, in any way, on college and university campuses? This panel will consider these questions along with those posed by the audience.

    Like all KIE events, this panel is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of Chevron, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and a partnership between Kaiser Permanente and Adventist Health Bakersfield. Free parking is also available in Lots K1, K2, and M.

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