First Amendment Days Schedule

First Amendment Days (April 3-10, 2020) have been postponed until the fall semester as Iowa State University moves to limit in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak. More information will be available as events are rescheduled.


What a Difference 100 Years Makes
with Ames City Council Member Rachel Junck and Daily Editor-in-Chief Annie Wells (Postponed)

In this open-house-style event, Rachel Junck, Iowa State chemical engineering student and Ames City Council member, will discuss her journey to becoming the youngest woman elected to the Council and among the youngest serving in public office in Iowa history. Iowa State Daily Editor-in-Chief Annie Wells will moderate. Help us kick off First Amendment Days 2020 “Some Assembly Required” as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment “Hard Won Not Done.” Free pizza while it lasts. First Amendment Days 2020, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 302 Catt Hall


Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics – Marjorie Spruill (Postponed)

A historian, Marjorie Spruill is well known for her work on women and politics from the woman suffrage movement to the present as well as her work on the history of the American South. Spruill’s most recent book addresses the rise of the modern women’s rights movement to a peak period of success in the 1970s, the mobilization of social conservatives in opposition, their competition for influence on federal policy, and the role of all this in the development of modern American political culture. Part of the 100th Anniversary Events Commemorating Women’s Suffrage

2-3:30 p.m., Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, Ames Public Library (515 Douglas Ave.)


One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Women’s Suffrage Movement – Marjorie Spruill (Postponed)

Editor Marjorie Spruill has compiled the most comprehensive collection of writings about the woman suffrage movement in America. The essays, both contemporary and historical, challenge widely accepted theories and illustrate the diversity and complexity of the fight for the 19th Amendment. Part of the 100th Anniversary Events Commemorating Women’s Suffrage

5:30 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union


Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America – Bonnie Siegler (Postponed)

With Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America, Bonnie Siegler combines her two passions to showcase a collection of visual expressions of resistance throughout American history. In hundreds of iconic, smart, angry, clever, unforgettable images, Signs of Resistance chronicles what truly makes America great: citizens unafraid of speaking truth to power. Many of these images throughout our history are as relevant today as they were then. And like history itself, some offer hope, some will make us laugh and some will take our breath away. Siegler, voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. First Amendment Days Keynote

7 p.m., 127 Curtiss


Depth and Dialogue Sessions – throughout the day

  • Think Like a Journalist, 12:10-1 p.m., 163 Hamilton Hall (Postponed)

Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship
A Conversation with Nadine Strossen

Introduction by Mark Stringer, executive director of the ACLU of Iowa

Nadine Strossen is a leading First Amendment and human rights advocate who argues that free speech, not censorship, is the best way to resist hate and promote other fundamental concerns, including equality, dignity, diversity, inclusivity, democracy and social harmony. In a conversational, question-and-answer format, Strossen, along with student and campus leaders, will talk about the conundrum of hate speech – what it is, why it happens, and what to do about it. Strossen is a professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she served from 1991 through 2008. A frequent speaker and media commentator on constitutional and civil liberties issues, she has testified before Congress on multiple occasions, including about hate speech on campus and in social media. Copies of Strossen’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Light refreshments will be served. First Amendment Days Keynote

8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union


Democalypse March (Postponed)

Experience firsthand what it’s like to live in a society without the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

9:30 a.m., meet at 172 Hamilton Hall. March begins at Curtiss Hall.

Feast on the First (Postponed)

Enjoy FREE food, fun and demonstrations of the five freedoms. Food and T-shirts are first come, first served.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Amendment tent, Central Campus