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.
Events will be added as they are confirmed. All events are virtual.
MONDAY, APRIL 12
The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement: Our History, Our Present, Our Future – Gene Policinski and Robert Bickel
5:30 p.m., virtual event via YouTube
TUESDAY, APRIL 13
noon to 1 p.m., virtual event via Zoom
7 p.m., virtual event via Webex
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
10 to 11 a.m., virtual event via Webex
noon to 1 p.m., via YouTube
7 p.m., livestream via Webex
THURSDAY, APRIL 15
Depth & Dialogue Sessions
Virtual sessions exploring various First Amendment topics will take place throughout the day. More info will be available soon.
11 to 11:50 a.m., virtual event via zoom
noon to 1 p.m., virtual event via YouTube Live
1:10 to 2 p.m., virtual event via Webex
2:10 to 3 p.m., virtual event via Webex
6 p.m, virtual via Webex
Entries due: March 26
Online voting: April 2-9
First Amendment Days Pet Film Competition criteria
FRIDAY, APRIL 16
First Amendment Workshop
The culmination of our weeklong First Amendment Days celebration is a one-, two-, or three-hour workshop designed to examine more deeply the challenges and opportunities provided by free expression. Led by First Amendment experts from the state, each 50-minutes session uses current events to engage a dialogue with national scholars. Free and open to the public, sign up for one, two or all three sessions. Registration is required.
9 to 9:50 a.m., virtual
10 to 10:50 a.m., virtual
11 to 11:50, virtual
Raise Your Voice: First Amendment Days High School Event
Choose one of two opportunities to discuss the power of social movements through youth free speech in America with Maribeth Romslo, the director and producer of “Raise Your Voice,” and First Amendment advocate Mary Beth Tinker.
Protest Music on 88.5 KURE Ames Alternative
Student-run public radio station 88.5 KURE is airing 3 hours of protest-theme content. Tune in at 88.5 FM, through the MyState app or on KURE’s website at kure.stuorg.iastate.edu to listen to our DJs share the best of protest music and the history of protests in the United States.
3 to 6 p.m.
Iowa State University Library First Amendment libguide
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.
First Amendment Quiz
Test your First Amendment knowledge! Take a First Amendment Quiz put together by a student in this semester’s First Amendment seminar class offered by the Greenlee School. Score an 8 out of 10 or better and you will be entered into a drawing for a First Amendment Days t-shirt! Five winners will be picked every day and you can enter more than once!
“Raise Your Voice” film screening
A free screening of “Raise Your Voice,” a film that spotlights student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the mass shooting at their school, is available April 7 through April 21. If you’d like to request a link to stream the film, please contact Julie Roosa, firstname.lastname@example.org. The link will also be shared with all who register for the Raise Your Voice: First Amendment Days High School sessions at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Friday, April 16.