Texas Tech University Hosting Dialogue on Diversity of Opinions

The event will highlight the need for academic freedom and tolerance of differing viewpoints on volatile contemporary issues.

WHAT: Texas Tech University will host a forum titled “Speaking Freely: The Need for Opinion Diversity” featuring experts from various academic disciplines across campus and open discussion of the topic.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday (May 1)

WHERE: English and Philosophy Building, Room 001

EVENTS: A panel discussion will be held regarding the need for tolerance and diversity of opinions on various post-presidential inauguration issues regarding government and media relations, public access to information controlled by federal agencies and more.

Several campus experts will discuss the need for tolerance and diversity of opinions at a time of hyper-partisanship and polarized viewpoints. Universities’ responsibilities in safeguarding academic freedom and engaging in thoughtful, respectful dialogue will be highlighted.

This inaugural event is part of the Civil Counterpoints initiative, which originated among faculty members from the College of Media & Communication, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the Honors College.

The panel will be hosted by Erik Bucy, the Formby Professor of Strategic Communication in the College of Media & Communication, with introductions by Jorge Iber, associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. Invited speakers include:

The event is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Kent Wilkinson, Thomas Jay Harris Regents Professor in Hispanic and International Communication, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-0199 or kent.wilkinson@ttu.edu


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College of Media & Communication

College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech offers undergraduate degrees in various communications-related disciplines including:

The College also offers graduate degrees in communications to prepare students for careers in the communications industry, communications research and academia.

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