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March 25, 2014

Special Program - IUPUI Common Theme Event
Uncivil Speech and the First Amendment

CLE: 1.0 Hours

Time: (NEW TIME) 6:00 pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom and Atrium,Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Beth Young at

IUPUI Common Theme

"Uncivil Speech and the First Amendment" is a  Common Theme Project from IUPUI

  • Panel Discussion: (UPDATED TIME) 6:00pm

Registration is closed. We will accept walk-ins registration and CLE credit is still available.

What makes discourse and conduct civil rather than uncivil?  Is incivility under-appreciated?  How does the First Amendment limit efforts by individuals and institutions to promote civil discourse?  This panel convenes two First Amendment scholars, a professor of law and public policy, and a psychologist who studies workplace incivility to consider these and related questions. This panel program, entitled "Uncivil Speech and the First Amendment," is the IU McKinney's School of Law's contribution to the IUPUI Common Theme, "Find Your Voice and Hear My Voice," a campus-wide initiative that invites IUPUI students, staff, faculty, and the community to engage in a discussion and deeper exploration of civil discourse in the classroom, work place and public sphere.

Panelists include:

  • Sheila Kennedy, Professor of Law and Policy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IUPUI
  • Michael Sliter, Assistant Professor of Psychology, IUPUI School of Science.
  • Margaret Tarkington, Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • R. George Wright, Lawrence A. Jegen III Professor of Law, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law 
  • Khadija Khaja, M.S.W., Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Faculty Fellow for IUPUI's Common Theme Project on Civil Discourse

Organized and Moderated by: Robert A. Katz, Professor of Law, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).

Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 274-8036 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.

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