MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman will discuss results of the survey on free speech at a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 1, at UW Oshkosh. More than 10,000 students from across the UW System responded to the survey sent out last fall.

The news conference takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 2-2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Culver Family Welcome Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh. Rothman will be joined by Eric Giordano, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, which oversaw the survey.

Rothman will release key findings via Twitter, @JayORothman, starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The full set of responses will be available at the news conference and posted online following the news conference.

After the news conference, Rothman will moderate a panel discussion about free speech and civil dialogue featuring faculty and research experts and two state lawmakers. They are:

  • Franciska A. Coleman, assistant professor of law and associate director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center, UW-Madison
  • Eric Giordano, executive director, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service
  • David Murphy, R-Greenville, chair, Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities
  • Ryan Owens, George C. and Carmella P. Edwards professor of American Politics and Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow, UW-Madison
  • Kelda Roys, D-Madison, member, Senate Committee on Universities and Revenue

Coleman and Owens served on the advisory panel for the speech survey.

That discussion will take place in Ballroom C of the Culver Family Welcome Center. Media are invited to attend. Members of the public may also view the conversation on the Wisconsin Eye public affairs network at


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