First Amendment Days
Thursday, March 30
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — “The Right to Read: The First Amendment and
Book Censorship,” in Wilson Library, Pleasants Room
Do certain books not belong on the shelves of public libraries? Are some books indecent for children? Should community librarians act as custodians for family values? Join us for a discussion of controversial books.
Family Friendly Libraries
First Amendment Center
Also featured all day Thursday-Friday: “Banned Books: Censorship in Literature,” in Davis Library
Books have been banned since the invention of the printing press. You probably know about the censorship of Ulysses and Lolita. Did you know that The New Testament and Little Red Riding Hood have also come under attack? This exhibit features an array of banned publications, some of which may surprise you.
12:30-1:45 p.m. — “The Internet and Free Speech,” in Carroll 33
The World Wide Web — a medium that reaches unprecedented numbers of people across national borders — is at the center of a debate over governance and jurisdiction. In what ways do governments, at home and abroad, affect what you can access online?
2-3:15 p.m. — “Unheard Voices: The Minority Press and the First Amendment,” in Hanes Art Center 121
“We wish to plead our cause. Too long others have spoken for us… .” Those trailblazing words were first printed in 1827 in Freedom's Journal, one of the nation's first minority newspapers. Since then, the minority press has tirelessly claimed a public voice in the national debate. Join us for a conversation between an expert on diversity in journalism and a legendary African-American journalist, author and educator.
3:30-5 p.m. — “Freedom Sings,” free concert, at Polk Place: back steps of South Building. Rain backup: Gerrard Hall
Music has been a rallying cry, a voice of protest and a celebration of free expression. Come to Freedom Sings — a concert showcasing censored songs, protest anthems and music that matters. This concert is free!
7-8:30 p.m. — “Art and Free Expression: The Impact of 'Sensation,' ” in Hanes Art Center 121
Which paintings should be displayed in a museum? Should the government make that call? As long as taxpayers are footing the bill, some people say yes, including North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. This panel will examine the controversy surrounding offensive art, and whether attacks on freedom of expression have placed a chill on the arts community.
Friday, March 31
9-9:50 a.m. — “Inside the First Amendment,” in Carroll 111
Join us for a lively and freewheeling discussion that is sure to challenge your assumptions about the First Amendment. Enhance your knowledge of what free expression means in your life.
10 a.m. — “The First Freedom,” free film, in Carroll 111
Four-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim's new documentary examining the power of the First Amendment.
2-2:50 p.m. — “The Civil Rights Movement and the First Amendment,” in Carroll 111
Would Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech have taken place without the protection of the First Amendment? The foot soldiers of the civil rights movement relied on these fundamental freedoms. This panel discusses how the First Amendment helped the civil rights movement change the nation.
3 p.m. — “The First Freedom,” free film, in Carroll 111
A repeat showing of the new documentary film about the First Amendment by award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim.
|First Amendment Days 2000|
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
|·||Civil rights brought 'first freedoms' together 4.3.00|
|·||Press freedom lets minority voices be heard 4.3.00|
|·||Controls, access problems keep Internet from total freedom 3.31.00|
|·||Battling over what goes on kids' library shelves 3.31.00|
|·||Who decides what art is? 3.31.00|
|·||The Freedom Forum and First Amendment Center present First Amendment Days: A Celebration and Exploration of the First Amendment 3.20.00|