Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation

Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 at 6:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, a Constitutional scholar, and co-author of the new book Free Speech on Campus. Mariah Watson was president of the student government at the University of California, Davis, 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 and helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses. Iowa State Bioethics Program Director and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law, will moderate. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation
Chancellor Howard Gillman previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor at UCI and holds faculty appointments in the School of Law, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He joined UCI after spending more than two decades at the University of Southern California.

Mariah Watson graduated in 2016 with a degree in international relations and philosophy and is currently a legislative aide for California State Senator Nancy Skinner. She was the first the first student of color to serve as president of the University of California, Davis, Associated Students. 

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.