November 17

Balancing the First Amendment with Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Erwin Chemerinsky

Penn State Dickinson Law will host Balancing the First Amendment with Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, a two-day symposium on November 17 and 18, 2017 at Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle. This symposium will bring together higher education administrators, law professors, lawyers and students to discuss the challenge of balancing the First Amendment with diversity and inclusion efforts on college campuses. This interdisciplinary conference builds on the Penn State University “All In” campaign for diversity and inclusion and seeks to foster a dialogue around managing diversity and inclusion on college campuses.

Speakers List

The symposium will be held in Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Penn State Dickinson Law, Carlisle, PA and will feature University of California, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as the Keynote speaker.

Registration is currently closed for this event.

Symposium materials are available online.


Symposium Schedule*

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
President Eric J. Barron and Dean Gary S. Gildin
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Panel
The State of Affairs: Current Campus Climate Challenges

Moderator:  Bekah Saidman-Krauss, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, Dickinson Law
Carlesha Halkias, executive director, Office of Social Equity, Shippensburg University
Jay Austin, assistant dean for admissions, University of California-Irvine School of Law
Shoba Wadhia, clinical professor of law, Penn State Law
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Panel
Free Speech and Hostile Learning Environments
Moderator:  Thomas Place, professor of law, Dickinson Law
Vanessa Miller, Ph.D. candidate, Penn State College of Education and J.D. candidate, Penn State Law
Blake Morant, dean, George Washington University School of Law
Hank Chambers, Austin E. Owen Research Scholar and professor of law, Richmond University School of Law
Lia Epperson, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, American University
12:15 p.m. Lunch
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Panel
Academic Freedom
Moderator:  Carla D. Pratt, associate dean for diversity and inclusion and professor of law, Dickinson Law
Spencer Bradley, Dickinson Law
Megan Riesmeyer, clinical professor of law, Dickinson Law
Mike Michel, Esq., employment law practitioner
6:00 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
7:45 to 8:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast
8:45 to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 to 10:10 a.m. Panel
Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
Moderator:  Yolanda Ingram, assistant dean for student services, Dickinson Law
Tamara Austin, director, student services, University of California-Irvine
Dorothy Evensen, professor emerita of education, Penn State
Carlos Wiley, director, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Penn State
Danielle Conway, dean and professor of law, University of Maine School of Law
Starlette Sharp, director, Millennium Scholars Program, Penn State
10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Panel
The First and Fourteenth Amendments

Moderator: Medha Makhlouf, assistant professor of law and director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, Dickinson Law
Dwayne Wright, Ph.D. candidate, Penn State College of Education
Roberto Tito Valdes, Esq., practitioner
Noah Nelson, vice president for media relations and community engagement, Texas A&M Commerce
Sahar Aziz, professor of law, Rutgers University School of Law
Vinay Harpalani, associate professor of law, Savannah Law School
11:45 to Noon Walk to Rector Science Complex for Luncheon
Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Introduction of Speaker, Neil Weissman, provost and dean, Dickinson College
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and Jesse H. Choper distinguished professor of law, University of California-Berkeley Law

*Schedule is subject to change.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Karlisma Souders at 717-240-5220 in advance of your participation or visit.

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