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CrossCheck Live Salon
Free to Engage? A Conversation on Civic Engagement, Free Speech, and the Future of Campus Protest

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
5:30 pm – 6:50 pm

Luskin Conference Center
Illumination Room
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Images of student protests are iconic and enduring. The university campus has long been a conduit for civic engagement. But at a time of heightened polarization and outsized expectations of university students, some wonder if universities remain a site for students to find their voices and dive into the causes that inspire them. Others question whether traditional forms of protest now obstruct more effective avenues of change.

Should campuses do more to support civic awareness and student protest What should they do? What can they do? Are students’ rights to free speech and expression at stake? Is civil discourse a life and work competency for the future?

Please join UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and representatives from PEN America, a literary and human rights organization, for an intimate dinner featuring conversation on civic engagement at UCLA and across American society more broadly.  Through a facilitated, salon-style discussion, participants will interrogate and engage the issues that matter most to students today, how they can engage their peers in support of these causes, and what barriers continue to interfere with personal expression and civic participation on campus at UCLA and beyond.

Seats are filling up, so please RSVP as soon as possible!  Dinner will be provided. 

Don’t miss other great events planned for April 23, including a signature CrossCheck Live and programming from the UCLA Beloved Community initiative!