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2000 Symposium on Democracy

Multidisciplinary Symposium on Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society

An academic symposium, "The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society" was held on May 2, 2000, at the Kent Student Center, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

This multidisciplinary symposium is part of Kent State's 30th commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970, when a confrontation between the Ohio National Guard and demonstrators left four Kent State students dead and nine students wounded. The symposium explored the limits of freedom of expression in American society and the appropriateness of these limits. Dr. Thomas Hensley, professor of political science, chaired of the symposium planning committee.

The program included addresses by three nationally known First Amendment experts, and the presentation, critique and discussion of nine papers selected through an international call for papers.