We The People
Featuring Georgetown University's
John J. DeGioia and
The Atlantic's Steve Clemons

March 7, 2017
Washington, DC

Polarized debates pushed the bounds of American civil discourse during Election 2016. College campuses — long intended as bastions of freedom of speech for teachers and students alike — were and will continue to be in the thick of the political and ideological disagreement. For college administrators trying to maintain freedom of speech and an inclusive academic environment, the divided campus climate presents a diplomatic challenge: to ensure that people of all perspectives feel able to contribute to the discussion, regardless of how far outside of the college mainstream they may be.

How can administrators protect voices from all sides of the debate, even as disagreements in other parts of the country turn ugly? How can colleges find peace through civility while maintaining healthy debate? In a We The People conversation, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia will join The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons to discuss what free speech on campus means today.


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