UT Celebrates Free Speech

UT Celebrates Free Speech Week. Hand with Hook 'em hand sign in talk bubble with USA flag in background

A message from President Jay Hartzell

“The freedom to speak, think and express is at the very heart of any world-class academic institution. If we, at The University of Texas at Austin, are to lead society forward by educating new generations of talented students and discovering new knowledge, we must bring together a wide range of perspectives, viewpoints and voices to do so. It is only through discourse — and occasionally, hard conversations and vigorous debate — that we can find common ground and make progress together.”

-President Jay Hartzell

During this week, UT will celebrate a commitment to free speech and demonstrate how diverse perspectives are welcomed on campus and are integral to the educational environment.

#UTFreeSpeechWeek

Featured Programming

UT Celebrates Free Speech Week. Hand with Hook 'em hand sign in front of a USA flag

Dialogue on Free Speech and Academic Freedom

College of Liberal Arts, School of Law
Speakers: Dr. Pauline Stong, Prof. David Rabban, Prof. H.W. Perry, Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Carol A. Longoria, J.D.
Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion via Zoom

The Humanities Institute's Difficult Dialogues Program, in partnership with the School of Law, will host a “Dialogue on Free Speech and Academic Freedom” for both students (undergraduates and graduate) and faculty.

UT Celebrates Free Speech Week. Hand with Hook 'em hand sign in front of a USA flag

Free Speech Essay Contest

College of Liberal Arts
Oct. 23, 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Contest

Annual essay contest for undergraduate students at UT. Choose from two topics. All details can be found at www.freespeechessay.com Prizes range from $700-1500.