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Free Speech Week

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The University of Oklahoma Celebrates Free Speech Week

OU celebrates Free Speech Week to emphasize that diverse perspectives are welcomed and integral to the educational environment. This year Free Speech Week will be observed October 18-24, 2021.

  

Presidential Statement on the Intersection of First Amendment Freedoms and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma

OU President, Joseph Harroz, Jr.

Throughout American history, our universities have been places where free inquiry, intellectual exploration, and personal growth have enriched students’ lives and prepared them for citizenship. Public universities have the unique mission of making the promise of opportunity available to all who have the ability and determination to succeed, regardless of background. 

– Joseph Harroz, Jr., President

  

Free Speech Around Campus

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“Why Free Speech Matters on Campus", presented by Professor Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University

October 21, 2021
3:00 p.m.

Sandy Bell Gallery located inside the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He writes about American constitutional law, politics and history and American political thought. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Harvard Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and serves on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his Ph.D. in political science at Yale University.

His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Atlantic, among other outlets, and he is a regular contributor to the Volokh Conspiracy blog. He is the author of several books, including most recently Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech and Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present.

Sponsored by Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage.

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"Why Free Speech Matters on Campus"

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Live T-shirt Printing

October 21, 2021
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Lobby of the OU School of Visual Arts (520 Parrington Oval)

In celebration of free speech week, the OU Print Club will be live screen-printing original designs onto t-shirts and tote bags for anyone and everyone who stops by Thursday, October 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the lobby of the OU School of Visual Arts. If you bring your own shirt or bag, we will print on it for free. If you'd prefer a new shirt or bag, Print Club will have those available for sale ($10/shirt, $5/tote). All designs will be created by OU students and faculty, and several will feature themes related to free speech.His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Atlantic, among other outlets, and he is a regular contributor to the Volokh Conspiracy blog. He is the author of several books, including most recently Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech and Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present.

"The Adventure of Civility" with NPR Host Krista Tippett

October 22, 2021
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

The Adventure of Civility Zoom Conference Meeting
Meeting ID: 382 223 6992

Our young century is awash with urgent questions of survival, of meaning, of how we structure our common life and who we are to each other. And yet it seems we are more divided than ever before - unable to listen and speak across the differences we must engage to create the world we want for ourselves and our children. Krista Tippett's will speak with us about how we can all shape our presence to this moment we inhabit and begin to create the conversations we want to be hearing, where we live.

More Information About
"The Adventure of Civility"

Free Speech Week Essay Contest

October 23, 2021

Essays will respond to the following questions:

What does Free Speech mean to you? What is the correlation between diversity, equity, and inclusion and free speech?

Who's Eligible:

Undergraduate students and Graduate Students from all three campuses (Norman, HSC, Tulsa). A winner will be selected from each campus.

The Basic Things to Know:

  • Word Length: Essay must be 500 - 1500 words (double spaced)
  • Type Size: Essay must be completed via a word document that must be uploaded into the Qualtrics form
  • Citation: Supporting Sources, when used, must be cited properly.
  • Submission Deadline: The essay is due no later than Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:59p.m. Please note that the submission of the Qualtrics form must have a time stamp of 11:59p.m. A form with a time stamp of after 11:59p.m. will not be considered.
  • Winning Selections Announcement: Student winners will be notified via your OU email by Monday, November 1, 2021.  There will be a student winner selected from each of the three campuses. Winners will be announce on social media and the DEI website.

Scoring Process and Criteria:

A submitted essay will be scored by members of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity relative to essay prompt
  • Unique point of view and style
  • Grammar (sentence structure and use of words)
  • Punctuation (correct punctuation and spelling)
  • Word Count

Essay Contest Award:

Each winner will receive a $300 Scholarship.

Click here to enter the
Free Speech Essay Contest

  

OU Free Speech Archival Collections

The Carl Albert Center political ad feature
Carl Albert Political Ad Archive

Political ads have long been a form of free speech and open discussion on issues facing our nation and communities. View the archive, curated by the Carl Albert Center, of political ads through the years.

  Political Ad Archive

OU Daily

Student journalism is a key aspect of free speech protected by the First Amendment and plays a valuable role on many college campuses across the nation. The OU Daily is a student-led newspaper on the Norman campus that serves the OU community through university stories, outlining news, and amplifying student, faculty, and staff voices.

OU Daily Archive Issues
Carl Albert Center Project

The Carl Albert Center partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society, funded by Inasmuch, and recently completed a project to analyze and digitize the historical background and past projects of the OU Daily and past papers at OU.

  Carl Albert Center Project

OU Protest Archives
OU Daily: Protest Archive

To view how the OU Daily has reported on university events and past protests on campus:


  OU Daily Protest Archive