Get an insider's perspective on the future of civil discourse in American life from renowned policymakers, opinion-shapers and influential academics.


12:00 PM EDT

Registration & Lunch

12:30 PM

Welcome Remarks

12:50 PM

Panel 1: Columnists Corner

What does our evolving view of the First Amendment mean for America, our democracy and our future generations? Join industry experts to explore cutting-edge questions about free speech, public discourse and the role of the First Amendment in today's society.

1:50 PM

Lightning Talk

2:00 PM

Panel 2: Speech Dilemmas in the Digital World

The rise of the internet has irrevocably changed how we communicate. Colleges must grapple with how best to use emerging technology to enhance education while also ensuring a safe and inclusive community. Join prominent thought leaders and industry experts in discussing the pressing issues surrounding technology's impact on hate speech, harassment and today's campus climate.

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:20 PM

Lightning Talk

3:30 PM

Panel 3: Furthering Civil Discourse in Higher Education

Tremendous attention has been directed toward the lack of civil discourse in America and our academic institutions. But what about the progress being made? In this panel discussion, scholars and university leaders will share the work they and others are doing to elevate dialogue and enhance viewpoint diversity on campus.

4:40 PM


5:00-6:30 PM

Closing Reception

Featured Speakers

Ilana Redstone Akresh

Associate Professor of Sociology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Susan Benesch


Dangerous Speech Project

Monika Bickert

Vice President for Global Policy Management and Counterterrorism


Frank Bruni

Op-Ed Columnist

The New York Times

Katrina Myers Caldwell, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement

University of Mississippi

Erwin Chemerinsky


UC Berkeley School of Law

Vijaya Gadde

Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead


Howard Gillman


University of California, Irvine

Tamara Keith

White House Correspondent


Ruth Marcus

Deputy Editorial Page Editor

The Washington Post

Kelli Musick

National Campus Program Coordinator

Feminist Majority Foundation

Janet Napolitano


University of California

Steven R. Schultz

General Counsel

Purdue University

Lara Schwartz

Director of Civil Discourse Project

American University

Bret Stephens

Op-Ed Columnist

The New York Times


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