Campus Theme - Dissent in a Free Society

Campus Theme 2005-06

Dissent In A Free Society

Icon for Campus Theme: Dissent In A Free SocietyDissent has always been an essential component in any flourishing democracy. It has also always been unpopular. Over the centuries, people have lost their reputations, their livelihoods, their dignity, and even their lives because they spoke up for unpopular ideas. And while many have been properly relegated to obscurity, others are revered as visionaries.

Today dissent is facing new and more sophisticated challenges which threaten to stifle the free exchange of ideas that is the foundation of every great society. Now more than ever, it is essential that we understand the nature of dissent, how it is employed, and how society may respond to it in a constructive manner, as well as our responsibility as citizens to think critically and question accepted truths.

Now more than ever, it is essential that we understand the nature of dissent and our responsibility as citizens to think critically.


That is why Utica College has adopted Dissent In A Free Society as a campus theme for the 2005-06 academic year. Our mission as a College is to help students develop the skills to critically examine the status quo, to formulate new ideas, and to defend those ideas in the public realm. As a community-minded institution committed to the principles of academic freedom, UC also provides a public forum where ideas, both new and established, may receive the sustained and critical attention they deserve.  

Key Events

Please plan on participating in these special public events relating to this year's campus theme, Dissent In A Free Society. Additional events will be announced later in the term.


Thursday, September 29, 2005

Banned Book Reading
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Public Talk:
Alexander Cockburn
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Public Talk:
Barrie Gewanter
Dir., Central New York Chapter
New York Civil Liberites Union
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Public Talk:
Bob Barr
Former Congressman
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.


> For full events listing, click here.




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