November 17

Balancing the First Amendment with Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

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.

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. In addition, papers and abstracts submitted in response to this call will be selected, and authors will be invited to present their paper or work in progress at the Symposium. General inquiries regarding the Symposium may be addressed to the Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee, Professor Megan Riesmeyer, at or 717-241-3524.

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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 10:15 a.m. Panel
The State of Affairs: Current Campus Climate Challenges
10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. to Noon Panel
Is Free Speech Creating Hostile Learning Environments?
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Panel
Academic Freedom
6:00 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
8:00 to 8:45 a.m. Hot Breakfast
9:00 to 10:10 a.m. Panel
Diversity & Inclusion Strategies
10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Panel
The First and Fourteenth Amendments
11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Break
Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Erwin Chemerinsky

*Schedule is subject to change.

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