Free speech on college campuses will be the topic of a panel discussion Monday, Oct. 16, as the University of Wisconsin-Stout Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation kicks off Free Speech Week events.

The panel will include Chancellor Bob Meyer; Tim Higgins, a member of the UW System Board of Regents; and John Nichols, associate editor of the Capital Times newspaper in Madison. Moderating the event will be Timothy Shiell, the center’s director. It will begin at 7 p.m. in room 290 of Micheels Hall, 410 10th Ave. E.

The Board of Regents adopted a resolution concerning freedom of expression during its meeting at UW-Stout last week.

This is the first year for the center’s operation. Shiell said Free Speech Week will launch the center’s public programming.

“Free Speech Week is an annual national event celebrated by dozens of universities and organizations across the country,” Shiell said. “It is a perfect fit with our mission to promote the civil and rational discussion of civil liberties like free speech and their relationships to institutions and innovation.”

Other events will be held throughout the week. Topics include Controversial Campus Speakers; Freedom of Creative Expression; Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis meets the KKK; Free Speech in the Classroom; Three Perspectives on Confederate Monuments, Flags and Symbolism; and a high school First Amendment workshop.

All events are free and open to the public.

The complete schedule is available hereMore information about the center can be found here.



October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Micheels Hall
Micheels Hall room 290 410 10th Avenue East Menomonie, WI 54751