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Constitution Day Celebration

Event Type
Social/Informal Event
Sponsor
ECCE Speaker Series | Library Instructional Services Program - Brookens Library| American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and Department of Legal Studies
Location
Brookens Auditorium
Date
Sep 17, 2018   6:00 pm  
Speaker
James LaRue, Eugene McCarthy, Deborah Anthony
Cost
FREE
Contact
Pamela M. Salela
E-Mail
psale2@uis.edu
Views
6
Originating Calendar
Brookens Library Events

Contemporary Attacks on American Constitutional Freedom: Hate Speech, Political Speech, and the Right to Privacy

Sponsor
ECCE Speaker Series | Library Instructional Services Program - Brookens Library| American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and Department of Legal Studies
Location
Brookens Auditorium
Date
Sep 17, 2018   6:00 pm  
Cost
Event is free and open to the public.
Originating Calendar
ECCE Speaker Series Community Calendar

In recognition of Constitution Day the featured panel will discuss current issues related to free speech, political discourse, race, sexuality, and the press. They will examine how the U.S. Constitution addresses the civil liberties related to these important issues that we believe constitute the core of U.S. citizenship. An engaged citizen is a one who can freely participate in political discourse and question the actions of her government without fear for safety. Yet, as our panelists will discuss, these fears of being silenced or marginalized remain all too prevalent in our society because of current jurisprudential attitudes toward hate speech, the press, and the right to privacy that protects our individual choices relating to our own body. Our constitutional civil liberties serve as the fundamental legal guaranties that enable us to continue to be engaged in an open, free, and democratic society. These liberties, as our panelists will demonstrate, are under attack. This event will ask what we as a nation are obligated to do in order to protect these fundamental freedoms from anti-democratic and extra-constitutional sociopolitical forces.

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