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Marian University's 10th Annual Academic Symposium Addresses Civility and the Freedom of Speech in America

FOND DU LAC, Wis- Marian University will present its 10th Annual Academic Symposium, "Freedom of Speech vs. Civility: Where does the one end and the other begin?" on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10 in the Stayer Center.

Through keynote speaker Dr. David M. Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, expert panels, faculty and student presentations as well as class presentations, participants will be encouraged to examine civility in public discourse and the protection of one of our most cherished rights- the freedom of thought and expression.

The events of Tuesday, April 9:

  • 9:35 - 11:00 a.m.: Historical Perspective on Civility in the U.S. Presentation, Stayer Center Auditorium. Lecture led by Dr. Rick Whaley, associate professor of History at Marian University.
  • 11:10 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.: Lunch Panel Community Perspective, sponsored by Gannett Co./Action Media, Stayer Center Dining Room. Panelists include Mike Mentzer, retired editor of The Reporter; Police Chief Bill Lamb, Fond du Lac City Police Department; and Allen Buechel, Fond du Lac County Executive.
  • 12:45 - 2:10 p.m.: Evolution of Language and Incivility, Stayer Center Auditorium. Lecture led by Dr. Jerry Burns, professor of English at Marian University.
  • 2:20 - 4:15 p.m.: "On Trial: Hate Speech or Harmless College Prank?" Presentation, Stayer Center Auditorium. Presenters include Victoria Hildebrandt, assistant professor of Communication at Marian University, and Marian University communication honor students.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker Dr. David Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Stayer Center Auditorium.

The events of Wednesday, April 10:

  • 9:05 - 10:00 a.m.: Internationality of Civility Class Presentations, Stayer Center Auditorium. Presenters include: Keith Fairchild, instructor of English at Marian University, and Marian University English students.
  • 10:10 - 11:05 a.m.: Freedom of Speech vs. Wisdom, Stayer Center Auditorium. Presenters include Arthur Pontynen, Smithsonian Fellow and Heritage Foundation Fellow, and the Marian Art Department.
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Freedom of Speech, Civility and Truth at Marian University, Lunch and Roundtable Discussion, Stayer Center Dining Room.
  • 12:40 - 2:20 p.m.: Freedom of Speech, Civility and Truth at Marian University, Panel Discussion, Stayer Center Auditorium. Panelists include Angie Vis '14, president of the Marian student senate; Dr. Jeff Reed, dean of the School of Business and Public Safety at Marian University; John St. Peter, local attorney: Shane Leach, Marian University residence hall director, and Dr. Ed Ogle, executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Marian University.
  • 2:30 - 3:55 p.m.: Guidelines for Civility from the World's Spiritual and Religious Traditions, Stayer Center Auditorium. Lecture led by Dr. Michael Ketterhagen, associate professor of Theology at Marian University.

Keynote speaker Dr. Schribman is the Executive Editor and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and has previously served as Assistant Managing Editor at the Boston Globe and a columnist and Washington Bureau chief. He has also been a national political correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and covered Congress and national politics for the New York Times. Schribman is a graduate of Dartmouth College and did graduate work at Cambridge University, England, as a James Reynolds scholar.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the symposium, visit www.marianuniversity.edu/academicsymposium.


Fun Fact

The only collegiate indoor practice facility of its kind in Wisconsin, Lenz Field House includes full indoor sports turf flooring, three batting cages, and ample space for a 90’ baseball infield or 60’ softball infield (Source: Marian University Archives).

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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