Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust

The Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust’s initial program will be a First Amendment forum that will explore free speech issues on campus, and how tenure, collective bargaining agreements and academic freedom impact the issue. The program is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Peters Education Center on the Fresno State campus. The public is invited.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced the forum Monday during his Fall Assembly welcoming faculty and staff back to campus. The forum is in response to recent campus free speech controversies that have played out nationally on social media, and other media outlets.

He asked our Media Institute to plan and host the forum.First Amendment slideIn introducing Dr. Castro at Monday’s Assembly, Dr. Thomas Holyoke, chair of the Academic Senate, said his group is working on a statement of “best practices” for faculty using social media.

In the spring, a…

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