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Menard Center to host two events in November about free speech

| Judy Berthiaume

Photo caption: The Menard Center for Constitutional Studies will host two events this month that focus on free speech. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

The Menard Center for Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host two events in November that relate to free speech.

A panel discussion, titled “Free Speech in the Workplace,” will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Room 1804 of Centennial Hall and also will be available on Zoom.

Panelists will examine free speech considerations for employees in the public and private sectors and discuss how social media usage can affect workplace speech.

The event’s moderator is Dr. Adam Kunz, assistant professor of political science.

Panelists include Dr. Franciska A. Coleman from the UW Law School; Dr. Melissa C. Emerson, a lecturer of management and marketing at UW-Eau Claire; and Dr. Eric Kasper, professor of political science and director of the Menard Center at UW-Eau Claire.

The event is co-sponsored by the Menard Center for Constitutional Studies and UW-Eau Claire’s College of Business.

The Menard Center also will host a virtual “meet the author” event at noon Monday, Nov. 29, on Zoom.

During the virtual event, Ian Rosenberg will talk about his book, “The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define our First Amendment Freedoms.”

A Menard Center student reading group has been discussing Rosenberg’s book during the fall 2021 semester. The students in the reading group will be on screen during the Nov. 29 event to ask questions of and share observations with the author.

Rosenberg has more than 20 years of experience as a media lawyer and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. A graduate of Cornell Law School, he is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College.

The Nov. 18 and Nov. 29 events are free and open to the public.

For more information about either event, contact Dr. Eric T. Kasper, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Menard Center for Constitutional Studies, at 715-836-4802 or