Free Speech Week 2020

UT Free Speech Week
Moody College Celebrates Free Speech Week

Celebrating Free Speech

Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech and of the press are rights all Americans share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.

All are welcome to join us for a dynamic panel of speakers and thought-provoking documentary screening and discussion. Moody College faculty and students share their perspectives on various Free Speech topics in our "Free Speech Minute" videos below. Moody College undergradute students are invited to participate in a video contest for cash prizes.

Free Speech Video Contest Results:

Thanks to all the students who contributed their creative and informative videos. A group of Moody faculty evaluated all videos and were quite impressed. They identified the top 6 finalists. Those were then viewed by UT President Jay Hartzell, who had the difficult task of selecting the top 3 prize winners. Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest to help us promote Free Speech Week at Moody College of Communication.

Congratulations to the winners:

First Place: Emmanuel Ramirez
Second Place: Carly Ramos
Third Place: Michelle Arriaga Urbina
Honorable Mention: Jianna Alvarez
Honorable Mention: Dalton Clay
Honorable Mention: Ander Echeverria

Documentary screening and discussion: Free Speech Fear Free

Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m

Can we really be fully human without free speech? Is free speech the oxygen of our society? Take part in the debate about the role of free speech for democracy and political freedom. Filmmaker Tarquin Ramsy began shooting “Free Speech Fear Free,” which has been shown at film festivals around the world including Cannes, when he was 15. It asks important questions about the role of free speech in society and features interviews with prominent people like actor Jude Law, former CIA agent John Kiriakou and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. It examples the impact of surveillance on free speech and shares stories from the U.S., UK, Belarus, Germany and many other countries.

Join School of Journalism and Media Associate Professor Amy Sanders for a screening and moderated discussion of the 2016 documentary.

Join through Zoom:
Meeting ID: 997 0623 9970

Panel Discussion: Free Speech in Contemporary Society

Wednesday, October 21, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Freedom of speech and a free press may be strongly held ideals in our society, but they have become increasingly complicated amid heightened political polarization and the proliferation of media platforms. Tensions between civility/respect and diverse points of view are often on full display not only on our college campuses, but also in protests and various online venues. As part of Free Speech Week 2020, this panel of experts from Moody College will examine various aspects of free speech in contemporary society. 

The panel includes formal comments from each speaker followed by an online discussion. Panelists are Mary Angela Bock, Mirasol Enriquez, Teresa Frontado, Scott Stroud, and Sam Woolley.

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Phone one-tap: US: +13462487799,,96629871878# or +12532158782,,96629871878#

Hear Why Free Speech Matters

Free Speech Week with student Chloe

Free Speech Week with Professor Scott

Free Speech Week with Professor Hartelius

Free Speech Week with Professor Bock

Free Speech Week with student Michaela

Free Speech Week with Professor Stroud

Free Speech Week with Professor Sowards

Free Speech Week with Professor Hart

Free Speech Week with Doctoral student Justin Pehoski