As a renowned public university in one of the world’s most diverse cities, UCLA prides itself on vigorously protecting and celebrating free speech.  Freedom of speech is a fundamental feature of our democracy and a crucial dimension of UCLA’s institutional and academic culture.

Yet there remain competing conceptions of free speech, how it should function in a liberal democracy, and its parameters across multiple dimensions of campus life—from the production of scholarship and course content, to the selection of campus speakers, to student protest and organizing.  These important issues warrant, and in many ways require, campus-wide engagement and discussion.

To that end, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Affairs are hosting signature events during Free Speech 101: UCLA’s Week on Freedom of Speech.  These events and others during the week of October 16 will enable UCLA students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, and friends of the University to listen to, reflect on, and express diverse perspectives and opinions about free speech and its role in the life of our democracy—and the life of UCLA.  The week’s events are listed below.  We look forward to and welcome your presence and participation.

Featured Events

From Student Affairs:

What Is Civil Discourse? Challenging Hate Speech in a Free Society
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
De Neve Auditorium

From Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

CrossCheck Live:
Campus Speech: A Right to Speak? A Duty to Listen? An Obligation to Learn?
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3 p.m.
Pauley Pavilion Club

Other Events

Fowler Out Loud: DaEun Jung
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Fowler Museum

Journalism in Mexico: A Deadly Occupation
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Hammer Museum

Culture Fix: Heather Shirey on the Baiana and Afro Brazilian Identity
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12 p.m., Fowler Museum

➡ CrossCheck Live Salon (presented by Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m., UCLA School of Law, Room 1420

Art on the Edge: Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries, Challenging Conventions
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Fowler Museum

Barbara Dane: Celebrating a Lifetime of Jazz, Blues, and Songs for Peace and Justice
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7 p.m., Royce Hall (free pre-show activities at 6 p.m.)