Activities at West campus celebrate Free Speech Week

October 5, 2012

The national celebration of Free Speech Week will be observed at ASU’s West campus with a variety of activities during the week of Oct. 22.

An interactive installation, Free Speech and Feminism, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 22 and 23, in Fletcher Library. The installation is designed to ignite authentic dialogue surrounding constructions of gender in music, television, magazines, health care and politics. Download Full Image

“Mentors from the Communication Assessment Learning Lab (CALL) and students in the master of arts in communication studies (MACS) program are combining concepts from National Free Speech Week and the national ‘Who needs Feminism?’ campaign,” said Bonnie Wentzel, CALL’s faculty director and a lecturer in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Through the Free Speech and Feminism project, we seek to reframe the concept of feminism and address two key questions – what is the face of today’s feminist, and how is feminism still relevant in the 21st century?”

On Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., the top 10 speakers in the Free Speech and Citizenship speech contest will compete at the ThinK (Tuesdays Here in Kiva) event. Speakers are encouraged to speak for themselves or represent their club or organization. Undergraduates, graduate students and citizens-at-large are invited to participate. The top prize winner will receive an ASU Bookstore gift certificate. Auditions take place in CALL through Oct. 12. Auditions may be scheduled via email at or by phone at 602-543-5766. The contest is a cooperative effort of CALL and COMM Club on the West campus.

Two events are planned for Oct. 24. CALL’s Homecoming Open House from noon to 2 p.m., in room 334, of the Sands Classroom Building will show off the newly expanded communication lab. The special guest is Meg McConnaughy, founding faculty director of CALL. Starting at 6 p.m., the CALL booth at the outdoor Sparky’s Big Top Carnival Homecoming event will feature “Ducking the Issues,” an opportunity for everyone to show off their impromptu speaking skills. The top three speakers will star in their own video on the CALL website.

The week’s activities wrap up at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 25, in room 299 of the CLCC Building with Civil Dialogue (CD), a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. “Is it possible to agree to disagree? Can cool heads prevail when the topic heats up? We invite you to join us for this guided discussion surrounding an issue in the upcoming election,” Wentzel said. 

For more information about Free Speech Week activities, contact Bonnie Wentzel at

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, part of ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, offers a bachelor’s degree in communication as well as the MACS degree. More information about these and other New College degrees is available at

First Flake-Carmona live debate airs on 'Arizona Horizon' and C-SPAN Oct. 10

October 5, 2012

The first of three scheduled live debates between Arizona's candidates for the U.S. Senate airs from 5-6 p.m., Oct. 10, on "Arizona Horizon." C-SPAN also will carry the debate live nationally via satellite hookup. The show is a special hour-long broadcast of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program hosted by Ted Simons and airing weeknights on Eight, Arizona PBS.

Simons will moderate the hour-long forum intended to highlight differences among candidates Rep. Jeff Flake (Republican), Richard Carmona (Democrat) and Marc Victor (Libertarian). The three U.S. Senate candidates are seeking the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (Republican) of Arizona. The debate will take place in Eight's studios on the downtown campus of ASU. It is not open to the public, but will be covered by other media outlets. Download Full Image

In addition to airing at 5 p.m. on Eight HD (8.1 or Cox 1008), the "Arizona Horizon" debate will be broadcast at 10 p.m. on Eight HD and at 8 p.m. on Eight World (8.3 or Cox 88). The debate also will air live at 5 p.m. on C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), a private, non-profit company created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service.

The following week another live debate is set for three candidates seeking to represent Arizona's new ninth congressional district. The candidates are Vernon Parker (Republican), Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat) and Powell Gammill (Libertarian). "Arizona Horizon" host Simon will moderate this live half-hour debate scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Oct. 18. The debate also will be carried by C-SPAN; the time is to be determined. Here's a link to the C-SPAN website:

Eight's election coverage includes VOTE 2012, a comprehensive website designed to assist Arizona voters at The website focuses on ongoing debates and interviews with Arizona candidates by Simons – named “Best TV Host 2011” by Phoenix New Times. The website also offers information about local ballot propositions, voter registration, newly drawn redistricting maps, polling places and voter interviews, and it provides voters with a portal to PBS NewsHour’s interactive election tools and political coverage.

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource. For over 50 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit Eight is a member-supported service and the public media enterprise of Arizona State University.