PEN America and UC Irvine are teaming up to co-host the first-ever Free Expression Student Summit in Irvine this fall. Our half-day program will include workshops led by UCI faculty on a variety of topics related to free expression including international human rights, book bans and educational gag orders, news media literacy, and protest rights in the United States. During lunch, students will also be invited to a special opportunity fair where they can learn about jobs, internships, fellowships, and other engagements to take part in free expression advocacy at UC Irvine, with PEN America, and beyond.

Main events include:

  • PEN America: Defending Free Expression in US and Around the World
  • Lunch & Opportunity Fair
  • Michelle Deutchman, Executive Director, UC Center for Free Expression and UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement: “Expression Controversies and Challenges on Campus”


  • Simone Chambers and Jeff Kopstein (Political Science), “Civility, Citizenship, and the Right to Protest”
  • Julia Lerch and Evan Schofer (Sociology), “Defending Academic Freedom at Home and Abroad”
  • Judy Wu (Asian American Studies and History), “Multimedia Approaches to Writing for Justice”
  • Kristin Turney (Sociology), “Free Speech in Prison”
  • Hashmat Nadirpor (Law), "Freedom To Write from an International Human Rights Law Perspective”
  • Sherine Hamdy (Anthropology), “Nurturing Communities of Free Speech: Think Globally, Act Locally”
  • Duncan Pritchard (Philosophy), "Understanding Fake News (and Why It Matters)"

This event is in support of UC Irvine’s 2023-24 University-wide Thematic Year on Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Conversations Across the Divide.

Year of Free Speech

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