Public Relations Student Participates in Newseum's Free Speech Conference
Public Relations Junior Brenna Parker recently participated in the “Free Speech on Campus” conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., along with Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Communication and Information, and Mark Goodman, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Knight Chair of Scholastic Journalism.
Hosted by the Newseum Institute and co-sponsored by the Knight Foundation, Parker joined 40 other college students from across the United States to speak with media professionals and First Amendment experts about free speech issues on college campuses.
Dean Reynolds spoke about free speech in the context of the May 4, 1970, shootings, and how they changed the fabric of Kent State history.
“It was amazing to see students from across the country learn about May 4 and gain a better understanding of what it meant in terms of students’ First Amendment rights,” Parker said. “ … As a Kent State student, I think May 4 is a defining moment in American history, where people saw the absolute destruction of their First Amendment rights on a college campus. I am very passionate about social justice, and I believe students should be given the opportunity to voice concern. Having attended this conference, I appreciate Kent State more because I realized our university supports all kinds of thought and discussion and students do not take their right to free speech for granted.”