Shiell will lead the symposium. Teachers will discuss state and national court cases related to free speech. Part of the day will focus on how to apply the knowledge in their classrooms.
The event is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center’s Wisconsin Founding Civics Initiative. The Jack Miller Center is a nonprofit from Philadelphia “dedicated to reinvigorating education in America’s founding principles and history, an education vital to thoughtful and engaged citizenship.”
One of the presenters will be a former teacher who works for the Jack Miller Center.
Shiell has been a facilitator and speaker for similar symposiums at UW-Madison’s Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. The Jack Miller Center also supported those events.
The Menard Center event aligns with a UW System decision in 2022 to create the Wisconsin Institute for Citizenship and Civil Dialogue, Shiell said.
“MCSII's mission is to be a leader in Wisconsin promoting the study and discussion of civil liberties, and the symposium topic is a perfect fit with that,” Shiell said.