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.

 

 

Episode 10: Digital Speech Goes to the Supreme Court

In this episode, Center Executive Director Michelle Deutchman and Eric Goldman, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University Law School, consider the two cases on the Supreme Court docket that could transform the internet speech landscape. Goldman suggests ways that individuals can be part of shaping the future of “Internet 3.0.” Full transcript available here.

 

Eric Goldman, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law; Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute & Supervisor, Privacy Law Certificate

 

 

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Episode 9: Notes from the Field: Fighting Educational Gag Orders

In this episode, Michelle Deutchman invites PEN America’s Director of Free Expression and Educational Programs Jonathan Friedman and ACLU’s Senior Staff Attorney Emerson Sykes to discuss their ongoing efforts to protect free speech and academic freedom from censorious state legislation. Full transcript available here.

 

Jonathan Friedman, Director of Free Expression and Education Programs at PEN America; 2019-20 Center Fellow

 

 

 

Emerson Sykes, Staff Attorney at the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; 2019-20 Center Fellow

 

 

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Episode 8: Tales from the Beat: A Conversation with Higher Ed Reporters

In this episode, Michelle Deutchman sits down with two seasoned journalists on the higher education beat, Elissa Nadworny from National Public Radio and Michael Powell from The New York Times, to discuss what their reporting has revealed about the evolving relationship between higher education, free speech and democratic learning. Full transcript available here.

 

Elissa Nadworny, Higher Education Correspondent at National Public Radio

 

 

 

 

Michael Powell, National Reporter at The New York Times 

 

 

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Episode 7: Back to School: What’s Ahead for Campus Speech?

In this ‘Back to School’ episode, Michelle Deutchman sits down with UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law, who also serve as co-chairs of the Center’s National Advisory Board. The trio discuss recent trends related to campus speech and academic freedom, as well as what challenges lie ahead in the coming academic year. Full transcript available here.

 

Erwin Chemerinsky, National Advisory Board Co-chair at the Center and dean of UC Berkeley School of Law

 

 

 

Howard Gillman, National Advisory Board Co-chair at the Center and chancellor at UC Irvine 

 

 

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Episode 6: Looking at the Law: The First Amendment & LGBTQ Rights

In this episode, Michelle Deutchman discusses the legal fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community with Jenny Pizer, Acting Chief Legal Officer at Lambda Legal. Lambda is the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV. Michelle and Jenny discuss the role of litigation, education and public policy work in the LGBTQ movement including the release of the updated Title IX regulations and an expressive conduct case that is headed to the Supreme Court. Full transcript available here.

 

Jenny Pizer, Acting Chief Legal Officer at Lambda Legal

 

 

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Episode 5: What Does the Data Tell Us? Exploring Self-Censorship on College Campuses

In this episode, two experts – both of whom have conducted research on the issue of self-censorship – help us look behind the click-bait headlines to examine why college students may be reticent to share their viewpoints. Dig into the data with Elizabeth Niehaus, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Senior Fellow at the Center, and Sean Stevens, senior research fellow in polling and analytics at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. (Note: Since the time of recording, FIRE’s name has been changed. Learn more here). Full transcript available here.

 

Elizabeth Niehaus, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Senior Fellow at the Center

 

 

 

Sean Stevens, Senior Research Fellow, Polling and Analytics at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression 

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Episode 4: Hope in Higher Education―How We Move Forward

In this episode, former Secretary of Education and Maryland gubernatorial candidate John B. King, Jr. discusses some of the challenges facing higher education (high costs, opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect minority students, state legislatures’ threats to academic and individual freedoms) and why his outlook remains hopeful for its future. Full transcript available here.

 

John B. King, Jr., Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education and President of The Education Trust

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Episode 3: Book Banning: Local Fights, Dangerous Implications

In this episode, special guest Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, discusses the alarming rise in book bans across the United States, and what this dangerous trend means for the future of education, politics, and our essential freedoms. Full transcript available here.

 

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation

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Episode 2: Leading with love in the face of targeted harassment

In this episode, Michelle Deutchman sits down with Dania Matos, the Vice Chancellor for the Division of Equity & Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. The pair discusses Dania’s commitment to “leading with love” in her equity and inclusion work in the private, nonprofit and government sectors, and her experience with targeted harassment because of this important work. Full transcript available here.

Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for the Division of Equity & Inclusion, UC Berkeley

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Episode 1:  “Cheap Speech” and its toll on our democracy

During the inaugural episode of SpeechMatters, Center Executive Director Michelle Deutchman sits down with Professor Rick Hasen, a national authority on elections and author of the recently published Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics—and How to Cure It, to discuss the state of democracy and the persistent threat of disinformation. Full transcript available here.

Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, UC Irvine

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