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Whitworth University Presents the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse: “How Free Should Free Speech Be?”

April 12, 2018
Whitworth University will host this year’s third and final discussion of the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse, “How free should free speech be?” on April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel.

“I want to thank everyone who has participated in these thought-provoking and insightful discussions regarding civil discourse,” says Beck A. Taylor, Whitworth’s president and host of the colloquy. “These events have highlighted the many challenges we face today as we enter into conversations on controversial topics, and they have provided a hopeful and positive response on how best to improve our dialogue.”

Faculty from Whitworth’s communication studies, political science and theology departments will share with the community how to apply the foundations and tools offered during the first two sessions, which were motivated by the questions, “Can we still speak the truth in love?” and “Can we disagree without being disagreeable?” Discussants will examine how Christian commitment and  intellectual and moral virtues play a role in helping people discern the appropriate boundaries for free speech.

For more information on the colloquy or to view the discussions online, please visit

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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