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#SpeechMatters 2022: Safeguarding Democracy
After a year marred by false accusations of voter fraud, an insurrection at our Capitol and deep political polarization across the country, democracy needs scaffolding. Higher education - with its values of vigorous inquiry, search for truth and robust expression - has a vital role to play in safeguarding our democracy.

Our fourth annual #SpeechMatters conference – Safeguarding Democracy – will be held virtually from 10:00am-12:30pm PT on April 6th and 7th, 2022. Join us as we dive into some of the questions that have dominated civil discourse - in classrooms, in casual conversation and in Congress - in a year when democracy itself was on the brink.

- Social Media, Freedom of Speech, and the Future of our Democracy
- A Response to Jan. 6th: The Fourteenth Amendment and Banning Insurrectionists from Office
- The Channels of Student Activism: How the Left and Right Are Winning (and Losing) in Campus Politics Today
- A Conversation Between University Presidents: Michael Drake (University of California) and Ron Daniels (Johns Hopkins University)
- Championing Change: UC Students and Civic Impact
- From Kindergarten to Campus: Common Roots of Democratic Learning

- Sandra Bass, PhD, UC Berkeley
- Rachel Belin, Kentucky Student Voice Team
- Amy Binder, UC San Diego
- Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Berkeley School of Law
- Ronald Daniels, Johns Hopkins University
- President Michael V. Drake, University of California
- Ron Fein, Free Speech for People
- Dr. Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami Law School
- Howard Gillman, UC Irvine
- Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
- Jeffrey L. Kidder, Northern Illinois University
- Chris Lewis, Public Knowledge
- Lewis Pitts, Retired Civil Rights Attorney
- Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago Law School
- Emerson Sykes, ACLU


Explore past #SpeechMatters conferences at https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/programs-and-resources/speechmatters-conferences/.
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