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Constitution Day Focuses on Freedom of Expression

Published: September 15, 2010

Three examples of suppression of freedom of expression — women’s suffrage, campaign reform and restrictions imposed since 9/11 — will be discussed on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, from 10-10:50 am in the College of Building Administration (CBA), Room 140.

The event is presented by the Center for First Amendment Studies and the Political Science Department in celebration of Constitution Day, a federal holiday commemorating the day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed.

Craig R. Smith, director of the Center for First Amendment Studies, is the master of ceremonies and will address campaign reform. Professor Amy Heyse of Communication Studies will discuss women’s suffrage and instructor Brandon Anderson, also of Communication Studies will talk about restrictions on citizens after 9/11.

“Even in a liberal democracy restrictions have been imposed on freedom of expression,” said Smith, who recently received the 2010 Douglas W. Ehninger Award for lifetime achievement in rhetorical scholarship by the National Communication Association. “We should always be on the alert for such restrictions.”

No reservations are required and for additional information contact Smith.