Panel to discuss free speech in higher education

BLOOMSBURG —Bloomsburg University’s Conversations for the Common Good presents, “Free Speech in Higher Education: An Interactive Panel Discussion,” on Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218. This event is free and open to the public.

Conversations for the Common Good is an interdisciplinary, university-wide movement linking Bloomsburg University students, staff, faculty, and administrators to invest university time, talent, and resources to promote dialogue that unites and bridges vast divides within the community. This movement hopes to generate informed, civilized discourse about meaningful questions related to civic life in a 21st century. They will also explore uncomfortable, essential questions.


  • Mark Bauman, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education and interim vice provost at Bloomsburg. His topic is titled, “Free Speech on the College Campus.”
  • Kristie Byrum, Ph.D., an associate professor of mass communications, will be speaking on the topic of, “Do We Have the Right to be Forgotten Online?”
  • Boris Lanin is a professor of Russian literature from the Russian Academy of Education in Moscow, his topic is, “Speaking Frankly about Freedom of Academic and Artistic Speech in Russia Today.”
  • Wendy Lee, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy, she will be speaking on free speech, her topic is titled, “Free Speech in Dark Times: The Responsibilities of Teachers to Model Integrity, Courage, and the Value of Facts.”
  • Kara Shultz, Ph.D., the moderator of the event is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies.