TTU chapter of AAUP Fall Forum focuses on freedom of expression

Freedom of expression at Tennessee Tech will be the topic of a Fall Forum presented by the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Backdoor Playhouse, located in the rear of the Jere Whitson Building.

“Most discussions about academic culture in the post-Virginia Tech world have addressed public and personal safety issues from a security and law-enforcement perspective,” explained Andy Smith, an instructor of English and communications and TTU’s AAUP chapter president.

“While these conversations remain vital, what about issues of personal expression and academic freedom in light of that tragedy? This forum will address the current climate of free expression on our campus,” he said.

Panelists will include Kurt Eisen, Lori Maxwell, Cindy Webster and Mackenzie Nellis.

Eisen is an English professor and is currently serving as interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Maxwell focuses her research and teaching on political theory, gender and helping to empower students both in and outside of the classroom. She is proud to help coordinate Take Back the Night annually at TTU.

Webster is director of TTU’s Counseling Center.

And Nellis is a senior public relations major who serves as assistant editorial editor at the Oracle student newspaper. He is a winning member of the university’s speech and debate team.

The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information about the forum, call or e-mail Smith at 931/372-6371 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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