Discussing Controversial Issues and Right of Free Speech

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

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With this vicious political divides in the U.S., it is tempting to avoid divisive topics in the classroom. But such issues are extremely relevant to our students, and to understanding the modern world. This workshop will study techniques and strategies to address controversial topics in our courses, while at the same time maintaining an atmosphere of civility and open expression of ideas.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. In order to qualify for the certificate of completion, participants must attend the Inclusive Excellence at USC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semester) to complete the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.

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Eric P. Robinson
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Eric P. Robinson is an attorney and scholar focused on legal issues involving the media. He has been teaching media law and ethics at the university since 2016, and is also “of counsel” to Fenno Law, which focuses on media and internet law. He was previously co-director of the Press Law and Democracy Project at Louisiana State University; deputy director of the National Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada, Reno; an affiliate scholar with the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; a staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center; and a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.