2019 Schedule

Programming will take place April 8-12, 2019.


Why I Wear Denim: Shifting the Stigma

Learn about how media shapes and adapts the message of sexual violence. Collaboration of Iowa State Daily, ISU Green Dot and the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Join on Facebook Live (@IowaStateDaily and @ISUGreenDot) or in person in Hamilton Hall.

Moderator: Alex Connor, ISU Daily editor in chief


Jazzmine Brooks, MPA, Violence Prevention and Green Dot Coordinator, Student Wellness

Tricia Ingram Williams, ACCESS Campus Advocate

Kathie Obradovich, opinion editor, Des Moines Register, and lecturer Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Julie Roosa, J.D., First Amendment Specialist, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and former coordinator of the Story County Sexual Assault Response Team

12:10-1 p.m., 169 Hamilton Hall, Facebook Live event.

Common Ground: Talking About Belief

Explore freedom of religion as we talk about belief and unbelief in a facilitated discussion.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union


Meet Simon Tam

A meet and greet with Simon Tam. Light refreshments will be offered.

8:45 a.m. Room 169 Hamilton Hall

Lunch with Simon Tam

Sponsored by the Asian Student Union, enjoy lunch with Simon Tam. Limited space is available.

Noon-1 p.m., Sloss Center

A Name Worth Fighting For: How Being Asian Got Me In Trouble

Simon Tam, founder and bassist of The Slants, talks frankly about racism, his experiences as a musician, and how this Asian American dance rock band unintentionally revived a longstanding battle over trademarks and racial slurs. Tam will discuss how the nearly eight-year-long legal battle over the band’s name came about, their ultimate victory for free speech, as well as the unintended consequences the Supreme Court decision had for other civil rights legal organizations. A special concert will follow. Tam’s book, Slanted: How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble, will be published this spring.

8:15 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union


Depth and Dialogue Sessions

Multiple sessions throughout the day offer the chance to explore free expression in a small-group discussion format.

Violent Speech: Where is the line?

10 a.m., 172 Hamilton Hall

Art and the First Amendment

11 a.m., 2050 Agronomy Hall

Truth Wins: How the Daily Times Herald Defeated a Libel Claim

In 2017, a former Carroll police officer filed a libel lawsuit against the Carroll newspaper and reporter Jared Strong. In 2018, the case was dismissed. In this Depth and Dialogue session, Jared and the newspaper’s co-owner Doug Burns will share how they successfully defended a libel suit and scored a victory for the free press. Reception with light refreshments to follow in 172 Hamilton Hall.

12:10 p.m., 169 Hamilton Hall

Greenlee School and Kappa Tau Alpha Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Rheya Spigner, KCCI anchor/reporter, and Whitney Mason, reporter and Voices editor for the Iowa State Daily Media Group, will be honored for their excellence in journalism and promotion of a just and inclusive society through ethical storytelling that broadens people’s understanding of diverse lives and communities.

2:10 p.m., 172 Hamilton Hall 

Free-Range Speech: The Paradoxical Policies for Public Presentation at ISU

A walking tour covering the history of the Edward S. Allen Area of Free Debate from its establishment to the present day. Subjects touched on will include locations for free speech, restrictions and limitations, and a summary of benefits and drawbacks to campus policies regarding the agora.

4:10 p.m., meet at the George Washington Carver Plaza (between Carver and Beardshear)

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press”

Join us for a free showing of the 2017 Netflix documentary Nobody Speak, which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film explores the Hulk Hogan "sex tapes" case against Gawker Media and examines the threat of big money to a free press. Snacks will be provided during the showing. An informal discussion with members of the First Amendment Committee will follow.

6:30 p.m., Room 198, Parks Library


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. Sandwiches and T-shirts are first come, first served.

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

“Express Yourself” Live Art Demo with Timmy Ham (@iamsloth)

Phoenix-based “visual wizard” Timmy Ham spreads positivity and inspiration through design and adventure. Watch a live demonstration of his unique urban artistry as he creates a street art-inspired mural to commemorate First Amendment Days 2019. Students will have a chance to express themselves with a chalk mural under the tent. Insomnia cookies will be offered during a Q&A portion after the art demonstration.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. (art demonstration), 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Q&A), First Amendment tent, Central Campus


First Amendment Workshop

Expert training for First Amendment champions. Open to students, media advisers, teachers, faculty and administrators, librarians, media professionals, community activists. The workshop is free but registration is required. Space is limited.

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., ISU Daily Office, Ames


“Express Yourself” Book Display

Visit Parks Library to check out the display of books and materials available for those who want to learn more about the First Amendment and its five freedoms.

Open all week, Parks Library