Freedom Square is located in the heart of Towson University’s campus right under the lecture hall. It is an element of campus that is designed to encourage the freedom of expression and speech among Towson students, faculty, and staff as well as create an atmosphere of critical thinking and debate. Freedom Square is a joint effort between the Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership and Towson University Student Government Association.
In addition to Freedom Square on campus, students can continue the conversation at TUFreedomSquare.com. TU Freedom Square online was to encourage debate and conversations beyond the physical Freedom Square.
Freedom Square is not only a place designed to encourage critical thinking outside of the classroom, Freedom Square is also a popular place for students to hang out on campus.. Stone “benches” are placed throughout the square so students can work on homework, hang out with friends, relax, and have those thoughtful conversations.
Many clubs and organizations around campus also set up events during various times throughout the semester such as bake sales, fundraisers, giveaways, etc. The Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership hosts weekly events called ‘Thoughtful Thursdays’ in which the office posts a question on the chalkboards that deals with recent events/problems happening locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally. Students are encouraged to respond to the question of the week by writing their thoughts and opinions on the chalkboards, TUFreedomSquare.com, or on the Freedom Square Facebook and Twitter pages.
If your organization or department would like to sponsor a question of the week please contact Scott Hackett, Coordinator for Civic Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org