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Issues in Higher Education | Navigating the Marketplace of Ideas: Addressing Issues of Student and Faculty Speech

May 21, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

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Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

In this webinar, Husch Blackwell attorneys discuss the legal considerations universities should keep in mind when evaluating approaches to effectively manage or respond to faculty and student speech, whether in the classroom, in university publications and school newspapers, at on-campus events, or on social media. When it comes to speech, there are a variety of important interests in higher education that often create tension with each other, including:

  • Academic freedom, First Amendment, or other free speech principles can conflict with principles of non-discrimination or an institution’s mission
  • Intuitive support for social justice or freedom of the press may intersect with contrary interests in mitigating institutional legal risk
  • Institutional transparency goals may conflict with potential defamation concerns or other privacy interests held by particular individuals

Through a review and assessment of legal jurisprudence and practical scenarios, this webinar will provide higher education administrators with a framework for evaluating campus speech issues in a legally-compliant and balanced manner.

Mary E. Deweese, Attorney
Peter G. Land, Partner

Who Should Attend
General counsel and higher education industry leaders, in-house counsel, board members, senior administrators, deans, department chairs, and faculty.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

Questions? Contact Emily Schumacher at 816.983.8776.


Mary E. Deweese

Senior Associate

Peter G. Land