Speaking Out Series Examines Freedom of Expression
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 08 - October 16, 1997
The Multicultural Awareness Programs (MAPS) at Virginia Tech will present the Speaking Out Series program "Freedom of Expression: How Far Is Too Far?" Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in 150 Squires.
Freedom of expression is a constitutional right afforded to all persons in the United States. This right provides us all with the opportunity to express our beliefs, our ideas, and our convictions. We retain this right even if we choose to express ourselves in ways that are offensive to others.
On many occasions, however, racist, sexist, homophobic, or religion-intolerant remarks are expressed with no concern to the negative impact that they have on the campus climate and on our campus environment.
Elyzabeth Holford, director of Affirmative Action; Ingrid Banks, assistant professor of black studies, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; and Richard C. Rich, chair, Department of Political Science, will share their perspectives on freedom of expression at the program.
MAPS is a student organization which assists the Dean of Students Office to achieve its mission of promoting understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity in the campus community. Those with a disability who desire assistance in attending this program, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 1-3787; TDD: 1-8718.