The First Amendment on Campus
Our 2014 First Amendment Congress will be Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Constitution Hall in the University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. The theme is The First Amendment on Campus. We’ll look at the:
- Free speech clause and how social media policies in schools affect this fundamental right;
- Assembly clause in relation to recent demonstrations and protests (some near school campuses); and
- Establishment (religion) clause in relation to classes on religion and The Bible in publicly-funded schools.
We also will announce the winners of our annual Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest. For this year’s essay, young writers were asked to select one of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment (speech, press, religion, assembly, or government petition) and write about its importance to our way of life.
Registration Deadline: Oct. 31
More than 2,700 Oklahoma high school students have attended the First Amendment Congress since the annual program began. It is sponsored by Freedom of Information Oklahoma along with library, media and university partners.