Constitution Day 2018: The First Amendment
This year, 21 campuses around the nation have partnered with the Jack Miller Center to conduct Constitution Day events for students and the public. This day engages students in conversations about the role and meaning of the Constitution in American political life.
Many events focus on the 2018 Constitution Day theme, the First Amendment. Talks, debates, and panels explore the role of speech on college campuses, whether hate speech counts as free speech, and the parameters of religious freedom. This year’s impressive lineup of keynotes includes Keith Whittington (Princeton), Michael Zuckert (Notre Dame), Jonah Goldberg (American Enterprise Institute), Ben Kleinerman (James Madison College and JMC board member), and Laura Beth Nielsen (Northwestern) among other notable speakers. JMC’s Senior Fellow Daniel Cullen (Rhodes College) helped organize a Symposium with multiple panels addressing different principles and problems with the freedom of speech.
Campuses with Constitution Day events include:
Arizona State University
University of North Texas
Constitution Day Events at PNW Schools:
George Fox University
University of Puget Sound
University of Alaska, Anchorage
University of Montana
University of Portland
Seattle Pacific University
About the PNW Initiative
There are also several campuses from the Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History with Constitution Day events. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.
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