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National Freedom of Speech Week exhibit in Oesterle Gallery

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Faculty and students in the speech communication department are hosting a weeklong display in the Oesterle Library Gallery during the 2011 National Freedom of Speech Week Oct. 17-23. The campus community is invited to visit the exhibit and view, read and listen to the various items on display.
Included in North Central’s Freedom of Speech exhibit are some 13 posters that relate to different issues concerning freedom of speech. At the bottom of each poster are two questions, which are designed to promote reflection and discussion by viewers about freedom of speech issues. Some of the posters include issues that relate to flag burning, artistic freedom, freedom of speech in China, clothing as freedom of speech, broadcast speech, protesting and the freedom to read.

Also included in the exhibit is a banned books display; Banned Books Week took place Sept. 24-Oct. 1. Next to various books are folded cards explaining why the book was banned. Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to write their own responses on sheets of paper at the tables and on the whiteboard within the gallery around the display.

A video will also run throughout the week that presents things that are not considered protected speech, as well as quotes about free speech from a variety of famous people.

John Stanley—exhibit coordinator, assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events—says last year’s premiere Freedom of Speech exhibit at North Central was featured as “A Model Program for Celebrating Freedom of Speech Week” and as a partnering organization by In addition, the Naperville Public Library is promoting this year’s weeklong exhibit at North Central as part of its display of books related to Freedom of Speech Week.