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Spring Kick-Off Virtual EvenT & A RoundTable DiscussION

DATE: Wednesday, June 2nd

TIME: 4 - 5 p.m. Central Time

DISCUSSION TOPIC: The Impact of "Safe Speech" Codes in K-12 Schools

VIDEO: Coming soon 

Ilana Redstone, Moderator

Ilana is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Professor Redstone obtained her B.A. at the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been at the University of Illinois since 2005. Professor Redstone's current work focuses on campus climate and discourse more broadly.

William Reusch

William has taught high school social studies in Los Angeles for 15 years in several schools that served very diverse populations. He is still currently teaching US History, Government & Economics, and Civics and holds a CA credential in both secondary Ed. Social studies and multi-subject K-8. William is the co-moderator of the Heterodox Academy K-12 Education community, and works with organizations like FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism), FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), Civic Spirit, and others. He is the host of the Cylinder Radio podcast and has expanded his educational reach to utilize social media as a way to promote viewpoint diversity and intellectual inquiry. William currently resides in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, has two sons (and one on the way), and his hobbies include martial arts, and outdoor activities.

J.D. Uebler

J.D. teaches Humanities and Financial Literacy, is an assistant varsity baseball coach, and announces CMA football and CMA basketball games. After earning a B.S. in Secondary Education – English from Indiana University, he entered the teaching profession in 2004 as a public-school educator, teaching middle school and high school English courses. He began his Culver career in 2010. Culver recognized J.D. for his teaching competency and as a professional exemplar by awarding him the Delmar T. Spivey Medal in 2012 and the Richard W. Gimbel Academic Chair for Humanities in 2016. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana University and is a licensed K-12 building principal. J.D. served as a Humanities Department co-chair from 2012-2019, focusing on Humanities programming and personnel. J.D. and his wife Emily live in Culver and have two children: Eva (born 2015) and Drew (born 2018).

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

-Justice Robert H. Jackson