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Center for 1st Amendment Studies To Mark Constitution Day Sept. 19

Published: September 15, 2011

The Constitution and censorship and how they relate to “The B-Word Project” will be discussed as part of CSULB’s Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the campus’ University Television Center, Room 101.

The event is presented by the Center for First Amendment Studies in celebration of Constitution Day, a federal holiday commemorating the day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed. Though Constitution Day is officially on Sept. 17, this year it will be observed on Friday, Sept. 16.

Center director Craig R. Smith is the master of ceremonies for the campus event and will discuss the Constitution and censorship and how they relate to “The B-Word Project,” which looks at events, publications, artworks, people, places and things that have been banned, blacklisted and boycotted. In celebration of Constitution Day, Smith will explore the context of the blacklisting of artists by the Hollywood production companies. 

“The censorship imposed on Hollywood since its earliest days is one of the most egregious violations of First Amendment rights embedded in the Constitution,” Smith claimed. 

“The B-Word Project” is the first campus-wide initiative at CSULB, led by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, to focus attention on one broad topic through innovative collaborations with faculty, departments, organizations and off-campus entities. The goal of the 18-month-long project is to stimulate wide-ranging discussions and activities that examine what happens when a voice—whether in artistic endeavors, journalism, scientific research or other areas—is stifled through governmental, commercial, or social restraints. The project is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

No reservations are required and for additional information see the B-Word Project website