MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Institute for Citizenship and Civil Dialogue is hosting a panel discussion Friday, April 21, on the First Amendment, civil dialogue, and creating a marketplace of ideas at our public universities.

“Fostering a Marketplace of Ideas” will take place at UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha, Wis., from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will feature Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester; Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee; Joe Cohn, Legislative and Policy Director for the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE); and Eric Giordano, Executive Director for the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS). The discussion will be moderated by UW System President Jay Rothman.

The Wisconsin Institute for Citizenship and Civil Dialogue is overseen by WIPPS and is one of several new UW System civil dialogue initiatives. It helps coordinate various research and policy centers across the UW System that are focused on the Constitution and public affairs for the purpose of sharing best practices, joint programming, and discussing ways to elevate civil dialogue and the First Amendment on UW campuses.

Note: Attendees should park in Lot 7; media should park in Lot 5. (Site Map)


The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 161,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy. The UW System and its employees are purpose-driven, people-focused, and committed to stewardship.

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