National Law-Related Education Conference

2018 National Law-Related Education Conference

Free Speech Today
September 20-21, 2018
Venue Six10, Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Freedom of speech is widely regarded as a foundational value of constitutional democracies. The 2018 National Law-Related Education Conference will focus on “Free Speech Today.” It will broadly examine this theme as a significant matter of contemporary concern, while noting its history and considering its future, from both a comparative and global perspective.

Conference participants and presenters are encouraged to consider:

  • What speech should be “free”?
  • What is the relationship between free speech and civic education? Free speech and democracy?
  • What is the role of government in regulating speech? Should constraints on speech be accomplished through laws or norms?
  • When should speech be limited by, or weighed against, other competing values—privacy, security, equality, or the prevention of harm?
  • Should speech be governed by civility, or challenge it?

Submit a Session Proposal

Breakout sessions are 45 minutes. We encourage applicants to think about ways to address the theme as well as to engage participants in discussions on the challenges and best practices in law-related and civic education in their state and local communities.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018. Applicants will be notified on the status of their proposal by June 4.

Preview a PDF version of the application here.


Complete an Online Proposal Submission Here