How do college administrators protect free speech while also ensuring a safe environment in which students can learn and thrive? It’s no easy task, especially when you consider today’s divisive politics. Has the increased use of social media affected the way we understand speech rights in the real world? How do Facebook and Twitter’s policies about speech differ from the First Amendment’s broad protections for extreme and even hateful speech? On April 18, KPCC—Southern California Public Radio’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and FAC’s David Snyder hosted a conversation with panelists on free speech and social media on our campuses and in our communities.
Remaya Campbell is a Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, Class of ’18, studying law, history and culture. She will be pursuing a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies in Dunedin, New Zealand this fall as a recipient of a Rotary International Global Grant. Her professional interests include international security and peace education.
Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award. Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press).
Samantha Harris graduated from Princeton University with a degree in politics in 1999 and went on to earn her J.D. in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Samantha joined FIRE in 2005 after serving as a law clerk for the late Honorable Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and working as a litigation associate at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio. He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. He has worked in public radio news since 2016, starting at KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. Adolfo’s awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.
David Snyder, the First Amendment Coalition’s Executive Director, is a lawyer and journalist. His work as a reporter spanned nearly 16 years, including time at the Albuquerque Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the New York Times (as a freelancer), and the Washington Post, where he was a reporter on the metro staff from 2000 to 2005. As a lawyer, Snyder represented journalists and news media for Sheppard Mullin between 2009 and 2016. Snyder received his B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors Program. He holds a B.S. in Journalism with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall).