"Online, On Campus, and On the Streets: You Have the Right to Be in Public Space"

Monday, March 6, 2017

Keynote Address: 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Discussion Panel: 3:00-4:15 p.m.

IUPUI Campus Center Theater

The 2nd Annual IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse features social entrepreneur Emily May, who will share what constitutes harassment (as opposed to just debate and discussion), how to respond to harassment, and ultimately how to end it — whether it's online, at work, or in public. IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and all members of the Indianapolis community are welcome to attend this free program.

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About the Speaker

emilyEmily is an international leader in the gender justice movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Under her leadership, the project has scaled to over 50 cities in 25 countries. Emily has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is an Ashoka Fellow, a Prime Movers Fellow, and has won over ten awards for her work including the TEDCity 2.0 Prize. She recently co-founded HeartMob, Hollaback!’s platform designed to support people being harassed online.


  • IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement
  • IUPUI Division of Student Affairs
  • IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity
  • IUPUI Office for Women
  • Department of Psychology, School of Science, IUPUI
  • IUPUI Office of International Affairs

About the Symposium

The IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse seeks to present models for civility and civil discourse that engage the campus community in challenging conversations about issues and events impacting the campus, nation and world.

Past and Planned themes for the Civil Discourse Symposium include:

2016: April 4, 1968

Keynote: James Still, Playwright, April 4: 1968, Before We Forgot How to Dreamjames_still

James Still reflected on his experiences in researching and writing his play about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedys’ powerful speech in Indianapolis, and what we can learn from this event as we experience significant political, social and cultural change today.  This Symposium was held on April 4, 2016.

2018: April 4, 1968 Revisited (working title)

This symposium will capitalize on the success of the 2016 symposium and also provide further reflection upon the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy’s speech.  Among the events planned will be a reader’s theater of James Still’s play, April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream.