This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 10 at
Oct. 21, 2004
A panel discussion
"You Can't Say That: Free Speech
in Post-9/11 America" will be held at Morningside
College on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at
11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of Lincoln Center.
will include Dr. Ross Fuglsang, associate professor
and chair of mass communications; Dr. Greg Guelcher,
associate professor of history and political science; Dr.
Patrick McKinlay, associate professor of history and political
science; and Dr. Mark Heistad, assistant professor
of mass communications and coordinator of the event. The public
is invited to the free event which is sponsored by Morningside's
Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
"This event was spurred
by recent polling data which indicated a segment of the population
didn't think the media should be allowed to criticize the
government during times of war," said Heistad. "There were
also a number of people in the poll who didn't think professors
should be allowed to criticize the government in class."
Heistad cited an
example of attempts to restrict free speech when the popular
country music group Dixie Chicks voiced their opposition of
President Bush and the war in Iraq during a 2003 overseas
tour and their music was boycotted by several radio stations.
He said there are
numerous examples in history of how people were persecuted
and prosecuted for their opinions on a variety of issues.
"If you look at the
history of this country you will find all sorts of minority
and radical opinions that have since become widely accepted,"
said Heistad. "The abolition of slavery is one of them."
Prior to coming to
Morningside in 2002, Heistad was assistant professor at Penn
State University. He also taught at the University of St.
Thomas and the University of Minnesota and was a freelance
radio producer in St. Paul, Minn., where he developed a weekly
program on media for Minnesota Public Radio. He is a graduate
of Luther College and holds doctorate and master's degrees
in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.
Fuglsang has been
with Morningside since 1996. He received his bachelor's and
master's degrees from Iowa State University and his doctorate
from the University of Iowa. He is the faculty advisor for
the Morningside student newspaper The
Guelcher has been
at Morningside since 1996 and currently serves on the curriculum
policies committee. He received his master's degree and doctorate
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his
bachelor's degree fro the College of Wooster, Ohio.
his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa
and his master's degree and doctorate from the University
of Notre Dame. He serves as faculty advisor for the Morningside