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Rallying to free Phila. rapper Meek Mill, thousands gather at Penn seeking justice reform

(03/14/18 3:10am)

Thousands gathered at Penn on Tuesday to rally for the release of Philadelphia-native and notable rapper Meek Mill and to listen to a discussion about mass incarceration among celebrities, Mill's mother, Mill's attorney, Penn professors, and other leaders — and even Mill, who spoke briefly on the phone to the audience in Irvine Auditorium. 

The year in free speech at Penn: Trump, neo-Nazi flyers, and 'bourgeois values'

(12/12/17 4:57am)

With the rise of social media and growing numbers of national protests, hotly contested debates over free speech in the context of religion, politics, privilege, and race have played out online and on the streets. This year saw free speech dominating headlines nationally as well as on Penn's campus. As the year comes to a close, here is a look back at what issues drove the free speech debate in 2017.

Protesters, Trump, and mental health: how tour guides manage Penn's most sensitive topics

(12/03/17 11:48pm)

Every year, the student tour guides of the Kite and Key Society at Penn are tasked with selling Penn to the tens of thousands who visit its campus. Everything from academics to Greek life falls within the realm of topics that prospective students and their families might want to discuss. And while there are clear guidelines concerning how these student guides should respond to difficult questions, sometimes sensitive topics arise that warrant more complex answers.

Meet the group bringing conservative speakers to Penn to break the 'doctrinaire leftist bubble'

(12/06/17 6:53am)

Free speech has been a hot-button issue at universities across the nation this year, and Penn is no exception. From the widespread campus backlash to Penn Law professor Amy Wax's controversial op-ed, to protests against anti-abortion groups campaigning on College Green, students have had much to discuss about free speech at Penn. And at the center of that conversation is perhaps none other than Penn's chapter of the Federalist Society.