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How do students practice free speech on college campuses? What is the role of the college in monitoring or regulating student speech and movement on campus? What does it look like when students and administrators come together to discuss these issues? In conjunction with Pomona College and the Pacific Basin Institute, join the Pomona Student Union for a discussion with Miranda Joseph and Conor Friedersdorf '02 about the relationship between student voice and college administration.

Miranda Joseph teaches feminist, Marxist, poststructuralist and queer theory, cultural studies methods, and LGBT studies at the University of Arizona. She is currently on leave as a Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Her research uses the tools of cultural studies to theorize the relationship between economic processes and social formations. She is the author of Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (2014) and Against the Romance of Community (2002).

Conor Friedersdorf '02 is a Pomona College alumnus and staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to nonfiction. Some of his recent works in The Atlantic include "The Understudied Female Sexual Predator," and "A Trump Presidency, Bracing for the Unknown."

This event is part of Free Speech in a Dangerous World, a yearlong series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the series examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom, and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:00 pm

6-7 p.m. - Series closing reception
7-9 p.m. - Panel discussion


  • Pomona College
  • Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
  • 170 E. Sixth Street
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community