BOONE, N.C. — The weeklong series of events titled “Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State” centered around the First Amendment and freedom of expression on our campus. In presenting this programming, Appalachian State University proactively explored issues of free speech, academic freedom and respect for differences of opinion and belief faced by college campuses across the nation.
The series of more than two dozen events culminated March 31, but the conversation continues.
Below are links to podcasts recorded during “Say What?” so that the Appalachian Community can continue to draw on the knowledge and wisdom provided by on-campus experts and visiting speakers:
“In large public forums and small group workshops, we explored how we, both as an institution of higher learning and as individuals, can respect and adhere to the First Amendment. This investigation is critical for a community where difficult conversations, likely to elicit a variety of opinions and beliefs, are part of our academic endeavor,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts.
“We hope all the events and exchanges that took place during ‘Say What?’ help our students better navigate their time here and in the work/play spaces they choose after graduation,” Everts said.
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As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.