The intersections of free speech, political censorship and minorities will be the topic of a presentation and discussion at UW-Stout.
The university’s Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation will feature Walter Kimbrough, Dillard University of New Orleans, and Charles H.F. Davis III, University of Southern California, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in room 290 of Micheels Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Micheels Hall, 410A 10th Ave E., is between the Applied Arts Building and Jarvis Hall Tech Wing.
Kimbrough is president of Dillard, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has published research on HBCU’s and African-American men in college. Davis is chief strategy officer for USC’s Race and Gender Equity Center as well as director of research.
Each speaker will give a presentation, followed by time for audience interaction.
“With so much attention on controversies such as the Black Lives Matter protests, athletes taking a knee during the national anthem and hate speech, Drs. Kimbrough and Davis bring expertise and contrasting views and experiences to an important and timely topic,” said Tim Shiell, center director. “It’s a perfect fit for the civil liberty-focused Center for the Study of Institutions and innovation and a great opportunity for the campus and community to learn more about free speech, political censorship and minorities.”
The week after the Kimbrough-Davis event, the center will host its first Civil Liberties Symposium, Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5, featuring eight presentations, three keynote speakers and panel discussions.
In the fall, the center also will hold a Free Speech Week Oct. 15-18, with four days of afternoon and evening sessions.
Top: Walter Kimbrough
Bottom: Charles H.F. Davis III
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