First Amendment Days

Monday, March 20, 2000

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.

  • Karen Jo Gounaud, president and founder,
    Family Friendly Libraries
  • C. Eric Lincoln, author and professor emeritus, Duke University
  • Brian Sturm, assistant professor, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Michael Willhoite, author of Daddy's Roommate
  • Moderator: Gene Policinski, director of media relations,
    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?
  • Debashis Aikat, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Joe Kadhi, professor, School of Journalism, University of Nairobi
  • Moderator: Adam Clayton Powell III, vice president of technology and programs, The Freedom Forum

    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.

  • Félix Gutiérrez, senior vice president of The Freedom Forum
  • Chuck Stone, Walter Spearman professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill, author, columnist and former senior editor, Philadelphia Daily News

    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!
    Artists performing:

  • Dan Baird: American Records recording artist and founder of The Georgia Satellites
  • Fenner Castner: Respected Nashville drummer, featured on Bill Lloyd's 1999 release, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”
  • Chicken Wire Gang: Triangle favorite for more than 10 years, featuring Stu Cole of The Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Don Henry: Performer and Grammy Award-winning songwriter of “Where've You Been”
  • Will Kimbrough: Songwriter, guitarist, formerly with Will and the Bushmen and The Bis-quits
  • Bill Lloyd: Koch recording artist, songwriter and musical director for “Freedom Sings,” formerly with country duo Foster & Lloyd
  • Jonell Mosser: Soulful Siren Song recording artist
  • Tommy Womack: Sideburn recording artist, former member of Government Cheese and The Bis-quits

    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.

  • Gerald Bolas, director, Ackland Museum of Art
  • Herman Brannen, metal artist, contributor to the North Carolina Community College System annual exhibit, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Hoyle Martin, department head, Urban Christian Ministry, New Life Theological Seminary, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Norman Siegel, executive director, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Susan Talbot, director, Des Moines Art Center
  • Moderator: Ken Paulson, executive director, First Amendment Center

    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.
  • Ken Paulson, executive director, First Amendment Center
  • John Seigenthaler, founder, First Amendment Center

    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.
  • Horace Carter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and author
  • Eugenia Seaman Marks, student at Women's College during Greensboro sit-ins
  • Reavis Mitchell, history department chair, Fisk University
  • John E. (Jack) Semonche, professor of history, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Moderator: John Seigenthaler, founder, First Amendment Center, U.S. Justice Department official during the civil rights movement

    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
    ·Agenda 3.20.00