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I am writing to announce the annual Free Speech Essay Contest open exclusively to UT undergraduates. Would you please help us spread the word to students?

Deadline for essay submission is March 8, 2019.

All UT undergraduate students are eligible to participate. 

Prizes range from $700-$1500.

The topics this year concern:

    Free Speech and Truth

    Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion


For the specific questions and all further details about length, etc., students can visit our website -

Related: a public lecture on “The Free Speech Rights of University Students” will be given by Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea,the Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on Thursday February 28th at 7 pm. The lecture is co-sponsored by Plan II’s Joynes Reading Room Series and will be held in the Joynes Room in Carrothers Hall.

Feel free to contact Roxy Becker ( if you have any questions or would like flyers about the essay contest to distribute to students.