First Amendment Day ’14 at Iowa State

Mary Beth Tinker. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Mary Beth Tinker. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Today, the annual First Amendment Day activities get underway at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Today’s highlight will be a discussion at 6 p.m. in the Sun Room of the ISU Memorial Union on NSA spying and the future of journalism. Among the panelists are April Glaser of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jane Fritsch of the Greenelee School of Journalism, Zayira Jordan of the Human Computer Interaction Department and Nik Kinkel of Digital Freedom Group.

FAD continues throughout the week, including a tribute to former ISU journalism professor Bill Kunerth on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Kunnerth taught public affairs reporting.

Then, on Thursday, FAD will host a panel on high school freedom of expression that will include John and Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sun room.

The Tinkers won a U.S. Supreme Court case after they sued the Des Moines school board for suspending them after they wore black armbands to school in December 1965 in honor of the dead on both sides in the Vietnam War. The Tinker decision protected both student and faculty freedom of expression.

Frey was a student at Hazelwood East High School in Missouri in the 1980s when the student newspaper she worked on was censored by the principal. Frey and a few of her colleagues on The Spectrum newspaper, and their case also made it all the way to the Supreme Court. However, the Hazelwood in 1988 decision gave administrators some authority for constraints that the earlier Tinker decision did not.

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