Thursday, February 8, 2018

Speech at Irvine

UC Irvine will oversee the University of California’s new center to promote free speech and civic engagement, the campus announced Thursday. UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman, a constitutional law scholar, also announced the center’s inaugural class of 10 fellows. The scholars, students and analysts from across the country will explore such issues as the intersection of diversity and free speech, protests over police practices and challenges to safeguard the 1st Amendment amid today’s polarized politics. Several fellows also plan to develop curricula and toolkits to help students better understand free speech issues.

“The first class of fellows exemplifies our goal of bringing together the country’s great minds to study the complicated issues of free speech, activism and civic engagement,” said Gillman, co-chair of the center’s advisory board.

Gillman told The Times in a recent interview that today’s students are not fragile “snowflakes” but need to better understand the importance of 1st Amendment freedoms. He recently co-wrote a book, “Free Speech on Campus,” with Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley law school...  

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