Inclusion Series kicks off Feb. 1: "Free Speech and the Path to a More Perfect Union"

Michael Curme

Michael Curme

The Inclusion Series, four interactive campus discussions, begin Wednesday, Feb. 1, with the first event, “Free Speech and the Path to a More Perfect Union,” 5-7 p.m. in the Dolibois Rooms, Shriver Center.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

Patrick Haney, chair of the department of political science, and Michael Curme, dean of students, will facilitate the session.

The series was created “to foster a better understanding of complex, relevant, national and/or global topics and will do so in a substantive, balanced and scholarly manner,” according to Provost Phyllis Callahan.

Patrick Haney

Patrick Haney

The first session will discuss the issue of free speech on campus — even speech that is challenging and words that hurt. Hosts and panelists will ask and respond to the question: How do we balance the perhaps competing interests of letting free speech and thought and inquiry flourish while also making all students feel welcome? 

Panelists include: 

• John Forren, assistant professor, department of justice and community studies

• Bruce Petrie, J.D. partner at Graydon in Cincinnati, and instructor in political science

• Rodney Coates, professor, department of of global and intercultural studies

• Rachel Blum, assistant professor, department of political science

• Maggie Reilly, senior political science major and ASG president.

The three remaining session dates are:

• Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

• Thursday, May 4, 5-7 p.m.