“Free Speech on Campus” Conference

University of Missouri

Graduate student Jonathan Butler, front left, addresses a crowd on Nov. 9, 2015, following the announcement that University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe would resign at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Students from various college campuses across the nation will meet April 2 at the Newseum, for a Newseum Institute conference on free speech and expression on campus. Several administrators, educators and First Amendment experts will also attend.

The conference is the first in a three-part project funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation examining controversies and conflicts over the extent, purpose and protection of free expression at colleges and universities.  The other elements in the project include a “fair” later this year in which student teams will display projects and programs to encourage free expression on campuses, and a “Free Expression on Campus” guide written by the Newseum Institute.

Saturday’s program also includes a briefing on results of a Knight Foundation/Newseum Institute-sponsored Gallup survey of college students nationwide on free expression and diversity issues — including a comparison to adult views. The study will be released on April 4.

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