Depth & Dialogue Sessions – Move Over Free Speech: Exercising Your Right to Protest

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Move Over Free Speech: Exercising Your Right to Protest

Freedom of speech gets all the attention when it comes to the First Amendment, but we also have the right to object. In this session, we’ll explore the right of the people peaceably to assemble: what it means and how it works, especially when responding to provocative speakers on campus.


  • Amanda Knief, J.D., director of Lectures
  • Carrie Jacobs, assistant chief, ISU Police
  • Moderator: Julie Roosa, J.D., Greenlee First Amendment specialist

Wednesday, April 13, Noon-1 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union



Amanda Knief is the director of Iowa State University’s Lectures Program and the university’s parliamentarian. She received her B.S. in Journalism and Communication from Iowa State and her J.D. from Drake University Law School. She worked as legislative counsel for the Iowa Legislature before working in Washington, D.C. as a nonprofit lobbyist, nonprofit legal director, and analyst for the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service.

Carrie L. Jacobs (she/her/hers). Assistant Chief Carrie Jacobs is a member of the Iowa State University (ISU) Police Department and has served the ISU community since August 2002. Prior to joining ISU, Assistant Chief Jacobs worked for the City of Iowa Falls (IA) Police Department as a police officer for five years. Assistant Chief Jacobs currently oversees departmental operations, which includes Field Services (patrol and dispatch) and Investigative and Threat Management Services. Other responsibilities include developing departmental policy and operating procedures, assisting with command operations during large-scale events, assuming operational command of the department in the absence of the Chief, addressing acute & long-term staffing issues, and assisting in the development of the departmental budget, including personnel, resources and equipment.

Assistant Chief Jacobs received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Iowa State University in 1994, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University in 2011. Assistant Chief Jacobs is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 141st Administrative Officers Course.

Julie K. Roosa
Julie K. Roosa

Julie K. Roosa is an adjunct assistant professor and the First Amendment Specialist at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Her classes include First Amendment law, media law and principles of journalism. She chairs the First Amendment Committee, which coordinates events throughout the year for the Greenlee School’s First Amendment Series. The most prominent event in the series is ISU’s annual First Amendment Days celebration, a nationally recognized event since 2002. Roosa serves as a resource on legal issues related to freedom of speech and press. She also provides outreach and training on First Amendment topics to the campus and community. She earned her law degree from Drake University Law School, where she also earned a master’s degree in mass communication. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University. She is a member of the Iowa Bar.