Our sixth annual conference will be held virtually from 8:30am-12:30pm PT / 11:30am-3:30pm ET on Thursday, April 18, 2024. “Politics, Polarization and Perils on Campus” will delve into these subjects and explore current challenges and opportunities for learning, activism and engagement.
New Webinars, Programs & Resources for the UC Community
UC COMMUNITY: Register now for new "Back to Basics webinars" from the Center in partnership with the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Equity Affairs, UC Legal and the Office of Systemwide Community Safety at the UC Office of the President.
To explore the intersection of expression, engagement and democratic learning and consider what can be done to restore trust in the value of free speech on college campuses and within society at large.
In this charged political environment, the cherished tradition of free expression is more critical than ever. The University of California's role is not only to protext free speech, but to guarantee it, even when many find its expression objectionable. I know that the Center is commited to upholding the values of the First Amendment.
Michael V. Drake
University of California President
Through the Center I have found a community of folks, in and out of academia, who are willing and able to engage with the complexities of some of the thorniest issues facing higher education today: free speech and inclusion, political polarization, democratic engagement, declining trust in institutions and expertise, and much more. Every interaction I have with the Center, whether through a year-long fellowship or a brief webinar, not only deepens my understanding of these challenges but also motivates me to actively contribute to their resolution
Associate Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; 2022-2023 Senior Fellow
I highly recommend partnering with the Center. Michelle's expertise, engaging presentation style, and practical insights enhanced our faculty and staff's capacity for open expression on campus. Furthermore, through tailored trainings and 1-on-1 conversations, the Center helped us to expand our offerings and strategically create structures that actualize Emory's commitment to open expression! We couldn't have done it without this invaluable collaboration!
Director of Open Expression Programs, Emory University
The arts serve as both a stage and a conduit for the dynamic process of civic engagement. Building a vibrant public culture requires intentionality, and the Center provides an extraordinary range of tools for that. Michelle Deutchman’s brief primer on free speech, for example, is a compass for freely expressing ideas while also uplifting civic engagement. The Center offers resources that help us better bridge the distance between intentions and impact
Dean & Professor, Claire Trevor School of the Arts & Co-chair, Steering Committee, UCI Year of Free Speech
SpeechMatters is the official podcast of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. The podcast features thought leaders tackling the most pressing issues impacting free expression and democracy on campus and beyond. Hosted by the Center’s Executive Director, Michelle Deutchman.