Newseum Institute, Knight Foundation sponsoring “Free Speech on Campus” conference

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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)

The Newseum Institute and the Knight Foundation will sponsor a one-day “Free Speech on Campus” conference on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Newseum to discuss the challenges to free expression on college campuses related to conversations about race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual identity.

The goal of the conference — the first step in a joint initiative exploring contemporary free speech and free expression issues on college campuses — is to gather a varied representative group of students to explore these issues in a meeting consistent with the First Amendment’s provision for a “marketplace of ideas” within our society. Later this year, the Newseum will host a “Free Expression Fair” in Washington, D.C., where students will demonstrate projects that promote free expression on campus. One goal of these programs is to develop a nonpartisan “Guide to Free Speech on Campus” later this year.

College students who are interested in free expression issues on campus can apply now through midnight on Feb. 28, 2016. Applicants will be notified by March 4 if they have been accepted. The Newseum Institute and the Knight Foundation will pay hotel and food costs, along with some travel costs for conference participants.

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