Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Celebrate Freedom of Speech Saturday

Constitution Day is celebrated every year on September 17, remembering the day in 1787, when the original document was signed.  All too often students are unaware of the important part this document plays in the culture of our country.  Come out this Saturday to learn a little more about the Constitution.  Just a few of the topics will be:

Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of Religion
The Right to Peacefully Assembly
Censorship in Art

Coordinator of Paralegal Studies and Assistant Professor, Loretta Calvert will be one of the speakers.  “Anybody that wants to learn more about their constitutional rights is invited,” shared Calvert.  She says they will have live music and serve the American favorite- hot dogs.

The presentation is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Caudill Hall auditorium and then people can eat and discuss what they have heard.  “Communication is key to all human relationships, and it is important for all of us to listen.  This will give you something to think about, and get you talking.  I want people to come out and share their opinions. You don’t have to agree with someone, but I think it is healthy when people have opinions.”

A looped visual presentation created by Art Professor, Sue Mulcahy, will be looped in the background.  “It’s hard for me to say if censorship has progressed or not,” said Mulcahy.  “It seems like there was less censorship in the 1960s, but maybe that is because I was coming up in a day when there was a lot of controversy going on.  People have the right to be offended by something and to say they don’t want to see it, but on the other hand, when fear of censorship is present it squashes creativity.  Sometimes you want people to think about difficult issues." 

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