First Amendment Days

First Amendment Days

First Amendment Days is a weeklong celebration of our First Amendment freedoms – religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. A diverse assortment of speakers, events and activities are offered on campus every spring as a creative way to engage students and the entire Iowa State community to better understand the power of free expression. First Amendment Days is also designed to provide opportunities to exercise our five freedoms.

Now in its 20th year, First Amendment Days is the longest-running continual student-led First Amendment celebration at any university in the U.S. The celebration is organized by the First Amendment Committee, which is made up of members of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and the Iowa State Daily Media Group.

Our 20th annual First Amendment Days, April 11-15, 2022!

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View this year’s Promo video Here!

Don’t miss out on our First Amendment events by staying updated with our Google Calendar.

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Film Screening – “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” (2019) 

In connection with the keynote lecture by Hon. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, we are pleased to make available a free, limited-time screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.

The screening link will expire on April 11.

“This screening is brought to you by Courage First, from The Foundation for Global Sports Development.”

First Amendment Campus Collaborations

The Ames Public Libary First Amendment book display. Photo credit: Anessa Olson

Iowa State University Library First Amendment libguide

available all week

Want to study up on the First Amendment? Check out the extensive resources available in this Iowa State University Library First Amendment libguide curated by Charles Yier of the Iowa State University Library in conjunction with First Amendment Days.

Ames Public Library

Stop by the Ames Public Library for a special First Amendment-related book display (available all month), pick up a kit to make your own yard sign, and check out the other activities.

Link to all First Amendment activities at the Ames Public Library

APL and First Amendment Days on the Radio

Tune in to Reading Radio, KHOI 89.1 FM, 12 p.m. Monday, April 4 (rebroadcast later in the week)

The American Library Association kicks off National Library Week by publishing the list of books that have been banned or challenged in the last year.  Ames Public Librarians Seth Warburton and Anessa Olson will be discussing banned books and Iowa State University’s upcoming First Amendment Days celebrations.

Iowa State Daily – Letters to the Editor

Available Always

We encourage students to exercise their freedom of the press by writing letters to the editor to the Iowa State Daily and other news organizations. See the Iowa State Daily’s policy for letters to the editor.

students marching with flag of Iowa
Students march during the 2004 First Amendment Day celebration.

FAD Through the Years

The inaugural Iowa State University First Amendment Day celebration took place in 2003 and was organized by Mark Witherspoon, Iowa State Daily emeritus editorial advisor and former Greenlee faculty member. The Greenlee School has organized a celebration every year since. See how First Amendment Days has evolved through the years.