Free speech on college campuses in America has been a minefield of controversy. Appearances by controversial figures from both sides of the political aisle have been disrupted or cancelled because of protests by students. Arizona’s three universities are considered leaders in protecting First Amendment rights on its campuses, with the University of Arizona and Arizona State University earning the highest speech code rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a rating held by only 45 other institutions around the country. In that light, the Arizona Regents Cup was created, a competition and celebration of free speech that will be held for the first time this November. We hear more about the Regent’s Cup and campus free speech issues from Karrin Taylor Robson, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and an attorney and business leader. Joining her, is ASU student Makayla Thompson, an undergraduate studying political science and communication and a public speaking mentor at CommLabASU, which helps develop public speakers.
"Mister Rogers: It's You I Like," a celebrity-filled hour-long special that celebrates the iconic PBS series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," airs on Arizona PBS on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The pioneering PBS series premiered nationally more than 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond.
"Great Performances" returns with its third annual "Broadway's Best" lineup of acclaimed theatrical productions on Fridays at 8 p.m. starting Nov. 1 on Arizona PBS. This fall’s lineup spotlights musicals, comedy and drama throughout the month.
Following the Civil War, a group of young ex-slaves in Nashville, Tenn., set out to save their bankrupt school by giving concerts. Throughout the North and in venues across Europe, they introduced audiences to the power of spirituals.