Fresno State’s Institute for Media and Public Trust will present a First Amendment forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center. This free event is open to the public.

The forum will feature an expert panel that will explore free-speech issues on university campuses throughout the country. The panel will also discuss how the First Amendment, academic freedom, tenure and collective bargaining relate to the topic. In addition, the subject of free speech will be discussed on a broader scale, including recent challenges in K-12 schools in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Institute for Media and Public Trust, established in June, studies media literacy and “fake news” and develops strategies to restore trust in all forms of media. The Institute is housed in the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism in the University’s College of Arts and Humanities. Jim Boren, the former executive editor of The Fresno Bee, is the executive director of the Institute.

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For more information about the Institute for Media and Public Trust, call 559.278.2087.