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Great Debates: Power, Politics, & People

Has Free Speech become too Dangerous?

September 26th, 2017

September 26thA Defense of Free Speech. The issue of free speech has become and its proper limits has become a controversial topic on college campuses across the nation. In this presentation Professor Davenport will argue that free speech is essential to both academic life and to the health of democracy and limited government. He will argue for the broadest protections of free and open discussion on the most controversial topics of American political life.

Date: September 26th. Time: 2:00pm. Location: Learning Resources Center, 2nd Floor Special Events Area.

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Panelists will include:

  • Brady Henderson, Legal Director, ACLU of Oklahoma
    Mr. Henderson has been a member of the Oklahoma legal community since 2006. He is a former Assistant District Attorney and managed his own law practice before joining the ACLU in 2012. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Political Science and Letters. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 2006.
  • Arnold Hamilton, Editor, The Oklahoma Observer
    Arnold Hamilton is a 32-year veteran journalist. He is a former staff writer for the Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Oklahoma Journal. Much of his career has focused on covering American politics and government. He has been a full-time state capitol correspondent in Oklahoma, Texas and California. Hamilton is a two-time winner of the Dallas Press Club’s “Katie Award” for reporting excellence. He also earned the “Fran Morris Civil Liberties in Media Award” from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oklahoma, and his reporting has been recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Sports Editors. Mr. Hamilton was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2011.
  • Professor Darcy Delaney, Professor of Mass Communications, Rose State College
    Darcy Delaney is currently the Professor of Mass Communication and 15th Street News Adviser at Rose State College. She began her journalistic career at the age of 13 by submitting stories to her local newspaper. She went on to work for her high school and college newspapers, radio stations, online publications and campus TV news programs. Professor Delaney earned an Associate’s Degree in Journalism from Rose State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor in Sociology, from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her Master’s Degree from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ms. Delaney has been a staff writer at The Sun newspaper in Midwest City, where she worked for three years. She also served as Public Relations and Communications Specialist for a software company from 2010 until 2
  • Elizabeth Overman, Professor of Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma
    Dr. Elizabeth Overman is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned the “New Faculty Member of the Year Award” in 2013. Dr. Overman’s teaching and research interests focus on policy analysis, nonprofit management, and social disparities. Dr. Overman also serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for the interdisciplinary academic journal The Researcher. In addition, Dr. Overman has served fellowships at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The New York University Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute. Dr. Overman earned a Certificate of Excellence from the American Democracy Project and a Certificate of Excellence from Students for an Accessible Society. She has had articles published in the International Journal of the Humanities and The Researcher. Dr. Overman earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Social Sciences at the University of Colorado. She also earned a Master’s in History and her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University.
  • James Davenport, Professor of Political Science, Rose State College
    James Davenport received the 2016 “Political Science Teacher of the Year Award” from the Oklahoma Political Science Association. He received Rose State College’s “Excellence in Teaching Award” in May of 2017. Known as an engaging an innovative educator with a strong passion for learning, Professor Davenport combines a strong academic background in Political Science with real-world experience in national, state, and local government and politics. Professor Davenport is the Coordinator for the Great Debates: Power, Politics, & People series that is sponsored by the Rose State Social Sciences Division each fall and spring semester. In addition, he has been a presenter for the Oklahoma Council for Economics Education, and periodically hosts a book club for students interested in learning more about politics and economics. Professor Davenport earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southern Nazarene University, and his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has also completed additional graduate coursework at the University of Oklahoma.

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