Date: March 28, 2017, 1:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Location Varies (see below)

Talks will range from free speech in academic settings to commentary on its impact in society and the media.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (schedule below) in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.  

The event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC

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Programs offering credit:

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life 
  • Advantage Iowa

***Students going to this event for educational credit or extra credit for a class do not have to attend all the events. Attending one event/lecture is sufficient.

01:00:00 p.m. 01:05:00 p.m. Introduction (Jasmine)  
01:05:00 p.m. 01:30:00 p.m. Paul Gowder  "The Unfamiliar Threats to Free Speech."
01:30:00 p.m. 01:55:00 p.m. Christina Bohannan "Free Expression on Campus"
01:55:00 p.m. 02:40:00 p.m. Laura Kipnis "Freedom of Speech/Freedom of Imagination."
02:40:00 p.m. 03:10:00 p.m. Panel with Paul, Christina, and Laura  
03:30:00 p.m. 04:00:00 p.m. David Ryfe "Freedom of Press in a Post-Truth Age"
04:00:00 p.m. 04:55:00 p.m. Jamelle Bouie "Free Speech and the Civil Rights Movement Today"
04:55:00 p.m. 05:50:00 p.m. Franchesca Ramsey  TBD
06:30:00 p.m. 07:30:00 p.m. Ana Navarro “Free Speech, Leadership, and Activism”
07:30:00 p.m. 07:35:00 p.m. Closing Remarks (Josh)  

Laura Kipnis

Laura Kipnis’s upcoming book, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, about being the subject of a Title IX investigation for writing an essay (and her own investigation of the convoluted factors that led to this turn of events), will be out in April from HarperCollins. When not battling censors, Kipnis is a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. Her six books—which include Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation; How to Become A Scandal; and Against Love: A Polemic—have been translated into fifteen languages. Her troublemaking essay, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen, who praised its professional risktaking. Kipnis is also a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking.

Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine where he writes on national politics. He is based in Washington D.C., and his work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the New Yorker online. Jamelle is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with degrees in political and social thought, and government.

Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She is also a political contributor on ABC’s The View. The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media, sought after by Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few. “Ana speaks the truth, and she is willing to speak the truth to power without reservation…She has the ear of lots of elected officials,” said Republican consultant Brett O’Donnell. She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed.

Political Expertise. Navarro most recently served as the national Hispanic co-chair for Governor Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign and the national co-chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2008, where she was also the national surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. She has played a role in several federal and state races in Florida. She served on Governor Jeb Bush’s transition team in 1998 and was his first director of immigration policy in the Executive Office of the Governor.

In 2001, she served as ambassador to the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission, devoting much of her energy to condemning human rights abuses in Cuba. In 1999, she worked in the private sector, representing private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. In 1997, she was a special advisor to the government of Nicaragua and was one of the primary advocates for NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act).

Education and Immigration. Navarro is a graduate of the University of Miami. In 1993, she obtained her BA in Latin American studies and political science. She obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1997. She was born in Nicaragua, and in 1980, as a result of the Sandinista revolution, she and her family immigrated to the United States.