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Skidmore to host free speech events

Skidmore to host free speech events

Skidmore to host free speech events
The floor at Palamountain Hall at Skidmore College April 17, 2017.
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Skidmore College will host a series of events next week focused on free speech on college campuses.

The events – scheduled to take place from Nov. 5-8 – feature talks by journalists and academics who specialize in free speech and the role it plays on college campuses. The series is titled, “Skidmore Speaks: Conversations about the First Amendment.”

“Free speech is at the heart of Skidmore College’s liberal arts mission,” said Skidmore Dean of Students Cerri Banks, in a press release about the events. “We learn and grow as scholars, citizens and as a college community when we are exposed to a diverse range of perspectives.”

The events are scheduled as follows:


12:15 p.m. -- Journalist Sanford Ungar will discuss the paradox of free speech in America today, followed by a discussion with Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach.

7 p.m. -- Academics Wendy Leo Moore and Joyce M. Bell will present “Challenging the Right to be Racist in College.”


6 p.m. -- Author Zachary Wood delivers a keynote speech titled “Building Empathy and Understanding Through Difficult Conversations.”


4:30 p.m. -- Journalist Scott Jaschik delivers a talk titled “Free Speech Contradictions: Why the Debate on Free Expression is Important, and Why It Is So Misunderstood.”


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