Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation

Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 at 6:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman is the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine; a Constitutional scholar and co-author of the upcoming Free Speech on Campus with the Yale University Press, and an American Constitutionalism series with the Oxford University Press. Mariah Watson was president of the University of California, Davis, student government where her leadership helped advance inclusiveness and diversity across the UC system. She was instrumental in establishing productive meetings between the African Black Coalition and the Office of the President; helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses, and her team worked to create the African Diaspora Student Success Center, a resource center that aims to decrease dropout rates in the African American community. She graduated in 2016, and is currently a legislative aide for California State Senator Nancy Skinner. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation

Cosponsored By:
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Convocation Planning Committee
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Senior Vice President & Provost
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Stay for the entire event, including the brief question-and-answer session that follows the formal presentation. Most events run 75 minutes.

Sign-ins are after the event concludes. For lectures in the Memorial Union, go to the information desk in the Main Lounge. In other academic buildings, look for signage outside the auditorium.

Lecture Etiquette

  • Stay for the entire lecture and the brief audience Q&A. If a student needs to leave early, he or she should sit near the back and exit discreetly.
  • Do not bring food or uncovered drinks into the lecture.
  • Check with Lectures staff before taking photographs or recording any portion of the event. There are often restrictions. Cell phones, tablets and laptops may be used to take notes or for class assignments.
  • Keep questions or comments brief and concise to allow as many as possible.