We Talk: Embracing Free Speech and Civil Discourse Panel Discussion

AT CAPACITY: Watch the event via live stream from anywhere on campus via this link.

Kickoff event for a new campus series:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 3:30 p.m.
  • Fetzer Center Rooms 1035-1055

Why are we initiating this series?

To foster a campus culture of responsible and respectful civic, social, political and policy engagement. To raise awareness about free speech protections and promote the value of respecting viewpoint diversity as part of the academic setting and learning environment.

  • 3 to 3:30 p.m.—Registration and refreshments
  • 3:30 p.m.—Welcome—Malia Roberts, president, Administrative Professional Association and Shannon Rininger, president, Professional Support Staff Organization
  • Civil discourse icebreaker hosted by WeVote
  • Panel discussion
  • Parting thought: Carol Weideman, faculty specialist II of health and wellness and faculty specialist II of exercise science
  • Closing remarks: President Montgomery  


  • Candy McCorkle
    Moderator, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Richard Gershon
    President, Faculty Senate, Professor of Communication and Co-Director of Telecommunications and Information Management
  • Bre Lockhart
    Recent WMU graduate
  • Craig Morris
    Student, President, Graduate Student Association
  • David Paul
    Chair, Department of Philosophy
  • Lauren Smith
    Student, President, Western Student Association
  • Jessica Swartz
    Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
  • Jennifer Townsend
    Executive assistant, Lee Honors College

March We Talk event

Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishaInteractive discussion featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha about her book, "What the Eyes Don't See," which chronicles her discovery that Flint’s children were being poisoned by lead leaching into the city’s drinking water. The book is the Michigan Humanities choice for the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Read.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha at WMU
6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25
Bernhard Center South Ballroom

This event is eligible for Signature credit and is open to the public free of charge. Free parking available in Lot 80 (parking garage due east of Ellsworth Hall). Map.