First Amendment Days Schedule

Programming will take place April 3-10, 2020.


Q&A with Rachel Junck

The Ames City Council member and Iowa State University chemical engineering student will answer questions about her historic run as one of the youngest women elected to public office in Iowa’s history. Iowa State Daily Editor-in-Chief Annie Wells will moderate. Pizza will be served.

11:30 a.m., 302 Catt Hall


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

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

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

Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty 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, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Newsweek. Most recently, she was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography “You Can’t Spell America Without Me” by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for “Will & Grace.” She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. First Amendment Days Keynote

7 p.m., 127 Curtiss


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

Nadine 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 on constitutional and civil liberties issues, her media appearances include 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, and other news programs. Mark Stringer, executive director of the ACLU of Iowa, will provide the introduction. First Amendment Days Keynote

8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union


Democalypse March

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

10 a.m., First Amendment tent, Central Campus

Feast on the First

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