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UC College of Law Event Highlights Speech, Equality in a Democracy


The 'Speech and Equality' panel discussion set for 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, in the TUC Cinema features five UC experts from several UC colleges discussing two of the country’s most cherished constitutional principles. The event is free to attend and open to the community.

Date: 1/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
By: Sherry English
Phone: (513) 556-0060

UC ingot   Among our most prized constitutional values are those of free speech and equality. A panel of University of Cincinnati experts will discuss what the constitution requires, how to resolve apparent conflicts between these values, and the significance of each to democracy.

The panel discussion, hosted by the UC College of Law, will feature the following:

Professor Omotayo O. Banjo, PhD, UC College of Arts & Sciences
Professor Banjo’s work focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. In addition to presenting her research at regional, national and international conferences, her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems.

Professor Eric Jenkins, PhD, UC College of Arts & Sciences
Professor Jenkins studies the connection between media technology and consumerism, with a particular focus on visual media. His work focuses on cultural studies, media ecology, affect theory and critical theory. He has published articles in Critical Inquiry, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Games & Culture, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech and Visual Communication Quarterly, among others, as well as presented over 40 papers at national and international conferences.

Professor John Paul Wright, PhD, UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology
Professor Wright work focuses on the development of criminal violence across the life-course, especially biological and genetic factors. His work can be found in leading criminal justice, genetic, psychological and psychiatric journals. He also consults regularly with various criminal justice agencies.

Professor Ronna Greff Schneider, UC College of Law
Professor Schneider is an expert in constitutional law, with a focus on the First Amendment and education law. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues involving constitutional law, education law and educational policy. Her publications in this area include topics such as sexual harassment, hate speech, and religion and schools.

Interim Dean Verna Williams, UC College of Law (moderator)
Dean Williams has taught in the areas of family law, gender discrimination, and constitutional law. In addition, she co-directed the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Her research examines the intersection of race, gender, and class in law and policy.