Nicholls to Host Panel About Free Speech for Constitution Week

THIBODAUX, La. — A panel of Nicholls State University professors will discuss the role of free speech on a college campus next week. 

“The First Amendment and The Academy: Free Speech on University Campuses” will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Bollinger Suite. 

The event is part of Nicholls’ Constitution Week Celebration. 

The national celebration happens every year from Sept. 17-23. Its purpose is to promote the study and education of the United States Constitution. 

Dr. James Stewart, department head of the Nicholls Mass Communication, said college campuses need to be mindful of free speech. 

“There’s been a lot of controversy for many years about who is speaking on college campuses,” said Dr. Stewart. “They also have universities stepping in to put policies in place to restrict speech.”

Panelists include mass communication professor Nicki Boudreaux, government professor Dr. Rusty Thysell Jr., social sciences department head Dr. David Whitney and history and geography department head Dr. Paul Wilson. 

“The key thing is to start a discussion to make students aware of issues related to free speech,” said Dr. Stewart. “Free speech is important, particularly in places like universities. Here, people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints should come together and have important discussions.


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