The Stetson University Young Americans for Liberty chapter noticed the trampling of speech rights by governments and decided to facilitate a free speech week to raise awareness of the issue and promote free expression.
We began on February 18th with a screening of the documentary Pussy vs. Putin, which examined the censorship of free expression in Russia by looking at the treatment of the punk rock group Pussy Riot.
We then built and hosted a free speech wall on the 20th, for students to express their First Amendment rights through writing and drawing. Both events were successful, as faculty and students were involved and motivated to spark discussion of the issue in the classroom.
Finally, our YAL chapter hosted a talk regarding free speech on campus with Peter Bonilla of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) on February 25th. We were able to see how free speech is treated by other colleges and universities, and we found the analysis of our school’s own free speech codes especially insightful. We worked with our Student Activities committee and FIRE to facilitate the event.
To learn more about promoting free speech on campus you can obtain FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus, host your own free speech wall, and host a FIRE speaker to help educate students about your school’s own free speech policies.Published in