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2017 Annual Conference Welcome and Opening Plenary: The First Amendment in Higher Education - Protecting Free Expression & Preserving Inclusivity

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Description

In the aftermath of recent elections, institutions of higher education continue to confront unrest and increasingly polarized campuses at the same time they aspire to preserve both free and open expression and inclusivity. At the heart of these challenges lay complicated questions about the First Amendment and the commitment to protecting free speech. To help campus attorneys tackle these questions, we have assembled a range of viewpoints and perspectives on the First Amendment and free expression. This provocative session will examine the challenges of protecting free speech on campus while promoting a safe and inclusive environment for all.

Contributors

  • Penny Rue

    Penny Rue joined Wake Forest University as Vice President for Campus Life and Professor of Counseling in July 2013. She serves as Vice President for Campus Life, with a broad responsibility for the well-being and safety of our students and their commitment outside the classroom.

    Prior to joining Wake Forest, Dr. Rue served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California San Diego for six years. She is nationally known for her creative leadership in strengthening campus communities.

    Previously, Dr. Rue served eight years as Dean of Students at the University of Virginia. She also served for five years as Senior Associate Dean of Students at Georgetown University and for seven years as Georgetown's Director of Student Programs. Earlier in her career she held posts at The University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Rue has a doctorate degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, where her dissertation research focused on a conceptual study of community on the college campus. Rue has taught the Capstone class in the San Diego State University Master’s Program in Student Affairs and College Student Development in the Higher Education doctoral program at the University of Virginia. She has a Master’s degree in student personnel services from The Ohio State University, from which she received the Maude Stewart Outstanding Alumna Award in 2011, and an A.B. magna cum laude in English and Religion from Duke University.

    In 2011, Dr. Rue was named a Pillar of the Profession by the NASPA Foundation. She is currently the Public Policy Division Chair of NASPA and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015.

    In March 2017, she will begin a three-year term – serving as NASPA's Chair-elect (2017-2018), its Chair (2018-2019) and then its Past Chair (2019-2020).

    At Wake Forest University Dr. Rue supervises several departments, including Residence Life and Housing, Office of the Dean of Students, Wellbeing, Campus Recreation, Student Health Service, the Office of the Chaplain and University Police.

  • Greg Lukianoff

    Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech, as well as a co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt. Greg has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Boston Globe, Forbes, the New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reason, CNET, The Daily Caller, Congressional Quarterly, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications. Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, is a co-author of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. He is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and Ricochet.com. Greg is a frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs; has represented FIRE on national television shows, including CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s New Day, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox’s Special Report and The O’Reilly Factor, Fox Business’s Stossel and The Independents, and MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy; and has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s campuses. In 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. Greg is also an executive producer for Can We Take a Joke?, a feature-length documentary that explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture on and off campus.

    Greg is a graduate of American University and of Stanford Law School, where he focused on First Amendment and constitutional law. Before joining FIRE, Greg practiced law in Northern California, interned at the ACLU of Northern California and the Organization for Aid to Refugees in Prague, Czech Republic, and was the development manager of the EnvironMentors Project in Washington, D.C. Greg is also a proud member of the board of directors of Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile. In his free time, Greg also runs the Genetic Music Project, an open source genetic art project combining music and science.

  • Geoffrey Stone

    Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Mr. Stone received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After serving as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1973. Mr. Stone has served as dean of the University of Chicago Law School (1987-1994) and Provost of the University of Chicago (1994-2002).

    Mr. Stone is the author or co-author of many books on constitutional law. His most recent book, Sex and the Constitution, explores the history of sex, religion, law and constitutional law from the ancient world to the present. Among Mr. Stone’s other books on constitutional law, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime (2004) received eight national awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for the Best Book of the Year, the Los Angeles Times’s Award for the Best Book of the Year in the field of History, and Harvard University’s Award for the Best Book of the Year in Public Affairs.

    Mr. Stone’s is currently chief editor of a twenty-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which is being published by the Oxford University Press. He is an editor of the Supreme Court Review, a former chair of the Board of the American Constitution Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Law Institute, and the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union.

    In 2014, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer appointed Mr. Stone as Chair of a Faculty Committee tasked with defining the University’s position on Free Expression. That report has since been adopted by a broad range of academic institutions, including Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, the University of Wisconsin, American University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Missouri.

  • L. Lee Tyner Jr.

    Lee Tyner was named the inaugural General Counsel at Texas Christian University in April, 2018. Before coming to TCU, Lee was as an attorney at the University of Mississippi for almost twenty years, serving as General Counsel from 2003-2018. During his years at Ole Miss, Lee regularly taught courses in Business Law and Communications Law in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Lee is a national leader among higher education lawyers, serving two terms on the Board of Directors and as the chief elected officer for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Lee regularly speaks on a wide range of topics, most frequently in the areas of free expression, diversity and access, student affairs, and intercollegiate athletics. Lee received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, and he is admitted to practice in Texas and Mississippi.

  • Traevena Byrd

    Traevena Byrd is Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for American University. She serves as a member of the President's cabinet and as chief legal advisor to the university's executive officers and board. In the role of General Counsel, she coordinates all legal services for the university and manages the team of lawyers and administrative professionals who serve in the Office of General Counsel. As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, she oversees board operations, maintains meeting minutes, and serves as the custodian of board records and the corporate seal. She has previously worked as a Title IX coordinator, EEO investigator, and associate general counsel at Ithaca College in New York; Vice President and General Counsel at Towson University in Maryland; and as an adjunct faculty member teaching civil rights and social justice. Traevena currently serves on the accreditation commission for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and she previously served as a Member-at-Large of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Board of Directors from 2014-2017. She is a frequent presenter on the subject of free speech and student protest, and has been a speaker for several higher education associations, including the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Traevena is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts in African American World Studies with honors and her law degree.