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Academic Freedom and Free Speech in the Classroom

Academic Freedom and Free Speech in the Classroom: Opportunities, Tensions, Limits and the Implications for Our Teaching

A panel discussion with:

Sigal Ben-Porath, Education

Carolyn Marvin, Annenberg

David Rudovsky, Law

What are the meanings of academic freedom and free speech in the classroom? How do the implications of those ideas shape the stands we do or do not take in class, the terms of classroom discussions and the space we make for student perspectives? In this discussion, the panelists and participants will consider both our teaching practices and the rules and traditions that shape those practices. We will address faculty concerns, in the current moment of political change, about factors that may open up or constrain what we can say in the classroom and how we create a classroom environment that encourages intellectual inquiry.

All faculty, TAs and others teaching at Penn are welcome. To register, email the Center for Teaching and Learning at  .