Freedom of Speech and Media in the Digital Age
The program will feature an introductory speech by Dr. Larry Arnhart, professor of political science at Northern Illinois University. He will address the difficulties in interpreting the First Amendment, and emphasize the fact that citizens have a right and duty to interpret the Constitution according to its original language. In his words, the power of constitutional interpretation should not be left to judges alone.
A panel discussion will follow, of which I will serve as the moderator. I'll be joined by William Zieske, legal counsel for Bryan Cave in Chicago, who specializes as a library lawyer. The other panelist will be former Freedom Museum intern, and current University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana student and Daily Illini reporter Riley Roberts. Collectively, we plan to address such questions as:
- How free is student speech? Student newspapers?
- Are your rights threatened? Are students' rights changing?
- How do MySpace and other social networking sites affect individual free speech?
- What can be printed on a t-shirt and worn in public school?
- Internet filters and security versus media literacy?