University of Minnesota faculty members were instructed earlier this year to take down event posters that recreated a Charlie Hebdo magazine cover, spurring a campus-wide discussion on free speech within academia.

School leaders received complaints on the image, which depicts a caricature of Muhammad with the word "censored" stamped across it, prompting the request for removal. They later clarified that the request — which was made after the event was held — wasn't mandatory.

In late January, the University's College of Liberal Arts sponsored the panel advertised on the fliers that discussed issues regarding free speech, following the Charlie Hebdo office attacks in Paris. Posters promoting the event appeared in several CLA departments leading up to and after the event.

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