Doublespeak 101: “Free Speech Zones” and the Threat to Free Speech on Campus

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July 25, 2017 Doublespeak 101: “Free Speech Zones” and the Threat to Free Speech on Campus

Free speech is in peril on college campuses, and so-called “free speech zones” are anything but areas that allow for free expression.

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Featuring Opening Remarks by

Rep. Phil Roe

M.D.

United States Representative (R-TN)

Description

Free speech is in peril on college campuses, and so-called “free speech zones” are anything but areas that allow for free expression.  Located on higher education campuses around the country, these zones are often small, difficult to locate areas where students can distribute brochures or speak about issues of the day – but nowhere else. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Longwood University requires students to register 5 days in advance before speaking their mind in the campus free speech zone, while the University of Cincinnati’s free speech zone comprises 0.1 percent of the school’s campus. Today, lawmakers and advocates are pushing back. Representative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) has introduced a resolution stating federal lawmakers’ opposition to free speech zones. Arizona lawmakers enacted a bill in 2016 that makes all of the state’s public college and university campuses free speech zones – so individuals can speak and demonstrate anywhere on campus, as long as they do not interfere with the free speech rights of others. Join us for discussion of the problem with the misnamed “free speech zones” and how to protect free expression on campus. 

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