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WHO:  Casey Mattox, senior counsel and executive director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom (session moderator); Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer at The Atlantic; Bre Payton, culture and millennial politics reporter at The Federalist; Guy Benson, political editor at; Caleb Dalton, legal counsel with the ADF Center for Academic Freedom (session moderator); student free-speech advocates; and others

WHAT:  ADF Center for Academic Freedom Campus Conference: “Free speech in divided times: the problem or the solution?

WHEN:  Friday, Sept. 29, noon to 3:45 p.m. EDT

WHERE:  George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media & Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW, Washington, or watch live stream

  • Admission is free. Lunch and dessert will be provided.
  • Registration begins at noon. Space is limited, so please RSVP.
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.:  Charlottesville, Free Speech, and Violence
A discussion about where to draw lines and what it means for college campuses
Panelists: Conor Friedersdorf, Bre Payton, Guy Benson
Moderator: Casey Mattox 

2 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.:  “Fire drill” Q&A with Student Free-Speech Advocates on Campus
Get to know these students’ stories and their stands for freedom
Moderator: Caleb Dalton
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.:  Social Media 101: How to Improve your Campus Culture
Presenter: Cabot Phillips

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.:  Closing speaker and reception

Questions? Contact Rebecca Sears at

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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