The State of Free Speech in America

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. A public reception with refreshments will precede the discussion at 6 p.m. A book signing and cash bar to follow.

SOLD OUT. Reservations recommended.
Admission: Free, groups welcome

Just how well do Americans understand the First Amendment? Should the First Amendment protect harmful or hateful words and expression? How free is speech in America compared to other countries? A&E Newtwork’s “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson caused a sensation when he was temporarily suspended from the network after controversial comments he gave in an interview. Robertson was reinstated, but was the suspension in violation of his First Amendment rights? Other cases, including pro-life advocates’ right to gather in protest outside abortion clinics, are being heard in the courts.

A panel of the nation’s leading free speech thinkers including Dr. Stanley Fish of the Cardozo School of Law, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President Greg Lukianoff, Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School, and Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution tell you what you need to know about the state of free speech in America in a discussion moderated by the Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen.

A reception with cocktails and refreshments will be available from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. The panel discussion will directly follow the reception at 7 p.m. A book signing with the panel and a cash bar will be available following the discussion.

Event & Parking Information

This program is sold out. Advance reservations recommended.

Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Parking will be available for $9 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets on a first come first serve basis. Pick up your discounted parking voucher at registration.




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