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          EU panel to explore controversy surrounding professional athletes, political protest



          “Free Speech – Taking a Knee” faculty panel set for Nov. 1

          October 25, 2017

          The decision by a number of professional athletes to protest racial injustices by taking a knee during the national anthem has sparked a nationwide debate about free speech, political protest and race.

          Edinboro University faculty members are set to address the controversial topic with “Free Speech – Taking a Knee,” a panel presentation about pro athletes, the First Amendment and the national anthem, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The discussion will take place in Multipurpose Room B of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, 405 Scotland Rd, Edinboro.

          Panelists will include:

          • James Fisher, Ph.D., History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department
          • Rhonda Matthews, Ph.D., History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department
          • Umeme Subabu, History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department
          • Andrew R. Smith, Ph.D., Communication, Journalism and Media

          Lewis A. Brownlee, Edinboro’s University Frederick Douglass Scholar, will serve as moderator. Brownlee is an instructor in the Middle and Secondary Education, and Educational Leadership Department.

          “Free Speech – Taking a Knee” is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events at Edinboro University, please visit the EU event calendar at events.edinboro.edu.