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Webinar Series: Campus Free Expression During COVID-19

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As campuses prepare for the upcoming school year, among their challenges are creating classroom and campus life environments under circumstances of physical distancing and remote learning. To grapple with these issues and to explore strategies for promoting free expression on campuses this fall, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Campus Free Expression Project is hosting a two-part webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. ET on July 24 and 31.

Our series features a group of outstanding faculty, students, and administrators who are thinking about free expression and open inquiry during these ​difficult times. Find out more and register for each session below.


July 31 | Beyond the Classroom: Student Life During COVID-19

This event will consider what lies in store for campus student life, student organizations, and preparing students to reflect on nationally important issues during the 2020 election.

RSVP for July 31

Featured Participants:

Elizabeth C. Matto
Associate Research Professor, Rutgers University; Director, Center for Youth Political Participation, Eagleton Institute of Politics
@ecmatto

Aaliyah McLean
Immediate Past President, James Madison University Student Government Association; Woodson Martin Democracy Fellow, James Madison Center for Civic Engagement
@_AaliyahMcLean

Vijay Pendakur
Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University
@VijayPendakur

Carol A. Sumner
Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Texas Tech University
@TTUDiversity

Moderated by:

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill
Director of the Campus Free Expression Project, BPC
@JPfefferMerrill


July 24 | Pandemic Pedagogy: Remote Teaching and Open Exchange

This event will focus on strategies for encouraging conversations across difference, constructive dialogue, and classroom conversations about contentious issues in a remote classroom.

Featured Participants:

Samantha Hedges
Doctoral Candidate, Indiana University; Co-Moderator, Heterodox Academy’s HxK-12Education Community

Alfred Montero
Associate Dean of the College, Director of Advising, and Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science, Carleton College

Libby Roderick
Director, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Associate Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, University of Alaska Anchorage

Charlotte C.S. Thomas
Co-Director, Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles and Professor of Philosophy, Mercer University
@charlietho

Moderated by:

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill
Director of the Campus Free Expression Project, BPC
@JPfefferMerrill

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