Marywood University’s Communication Arts Department to Host Freedom Week


SCRANTON, PA (November 16, 2016)-Marywood University’s communications arts students will host “Freedom Week,” in celebration of first amendment freedoms. “Freedom Week” will take place from Monday, November 28, through Friday December 2, 2016. All events are free and open to the public.


  •   Monday, November 28, 2016, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., a Free Speech Wall will be displayed in the Learning Commons Lobby. Participants are encouraged to exercise their freedom of speech by writing messages on the wall. An opportunity to learn about the history of and limits to freedom of speech will be provided.
  •   Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 7 p.m., there will be a “Freedom of Religion: State of Religious Freedom” panel presentation, in the Learning Commons, Room 331. Religious experts will discuss and debate the state of religious freedom in the United States. Participants can join the conversation and learn more about the foundations of this Constitutional freedom.
  •   Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 1 p.m., a talk about “Freedom of Assembly: A Visual History of the Right to Assemble” will take place in the Learning Commons Café. Participants will learn about important exercises of the right to assemble through a photographic timeline from the time period 1960 through 2016.
  •   Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Comerford Theatre, in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, local community and campus journalists will discuss the major issues surrounding press freedom in 2016, at its “Freedom of the Press: State of Press Freedom” panel presentation. Join in the conversation and learn more about the history of this democratic bedrock.
  •   Friday, December 2, 2016 at noon, “Freedom Week” will wrap up with students presenting campus administrators with a petition for improved Wi-Fi on campus. Students will host a short presentation at its “Freedom of Petition: Petition the Powerful” event.

An assembly photo exhibit, life-size petition, and the opportunity to win a “Freedom Week” t-shirt will be available throughout the week of November 28, 2016. For additional information, please contact Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the broadcast journalism program at Marywood University, at, or (570) 348-6211, ext. 2576.