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Angry Tweet or True Threat?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center Konover Auditorium

You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater, but what about posting about it online? When does a post become more than an expression of anger? If someone feels they’ve been a victim of online harassment, what avenues do they have to report and how has the legal system responded? What responsibilities do social media companies have? Where do we draw the line on protected speech in the internet era? As the world becomes increasingly digital, more of our communication is happening on social media, and is changing the way that the law and society understand freedom of expression. The Supreme Court is currently deciding a case on threatening speech and first amendment protections, which is the first time the Court has ventured into the world of Facebook and Twitter. What impact will it have on policy, law, and you? The University of Connecticut’s Leadership Legacy Experience is pleased to host a distinguished panel exploring these complexities of freedom of speech in the internet era.

Panelists include UConn Law Professor Molly Land, on the responsibilities of the social media companies and the international implications, Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut David McGuire, on the implications on free speech and expression, and Jayne Hitchcock, President of the advocacy organization Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA), on the rights of victims. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Kristin Kelly, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.

Admission to this event is free. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Guided by its core principles, the Leadership Office at the University of Connecticut facilitates educational and experiential initiatives that challenge individuals and organizations to explore, strengthen, and elevate their character, leadership and ability to contribute as global citizens. The Leadership Legacy Experience is the University’s most prestigious leadership development program; through lectures, discussions and presentations, the Leadership Legacy Speaker Series offers the campus community access to renowned scholars and leaders who explore critical issues of the day.

For accommodations, please contact Krista O’Brien at For information on the event and the Leadership Legacy Experience, visit


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