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Free Speech & Black Lives on Campus panel discussion (webinar)

June 17, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

The murder of George Floyd and the recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism have galvanized a national call to conscience regarding the persistent challenges of racism and anti-Black violence in the United States. With reverberations ringing throughout college and university communities, this webinar will offer a candid discussion of the challenges and opportunities related to free speech on campus, and how these intersect with efforts to address racism and make higher education more equitable.

Join PEN America as we bring together perspectives from faculty, administrators, and students to discuss the urgent need to confront racism on campuses, the power and pitfalls of speaking out, and the ways that allyship across academia can be supported and solidified.



Neijma Celestine-Donnor
Director of Bias Incident Support Services, University of Maryland

Jael Kerandi
Undergraduate Student Body President, University of Minnesota

Dinaw Mengestu
Award-winning Author and Professor of Written Arts, Bard College

Joy Melody Woods
Ph.D. Student, University of Texas at Austin, and Co-Founder of #BlackintheIvory


Jonathan Friedman
Program Director for Campus Free Speech, PEN America


This webinar is part of PEN America’s series, “Free Speech & the Virtual Campus.” Recordings from past webinars in our series can be accessed here, and to subscribe to PEN America’s regular emails, please click here.



June 17, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm