First Amendment Day 2022 at UNC

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging  the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

September 21st is First Amendment Day here at UNC! Hosted by the Center for Media Law and Policy, First Amendment Day is a UNC tradition that started in 2009 and is “designed to celebrate the First Amendment and explore its role in the lives of UNC students—from social media use to political involvement.”

First Amendment Day is a campus-wide, day-long event observed during National Banned Books week. The theme for Banned Books Week 2022 is “censorship divides us”.

First Amendment Day will focus on topics such as regulating social media platforms, free speech and public schools, and First Amendment rhetoric. The first session of the day will have a debate regarding the ethical issues of the First Amendment. First Amendment Day will also include a banned book reading and a virtual trivia contest.  

Featuring professors, students, legal scholars, First Amendment enthusiasts, and First Amendment scrutinizers, the program for the day provides an opportunity for the campus to discuss the role of the First Amendment on campus and beyond.

The law school will be hosting a lunchtime program on U.S. and European Approaches to Regulating Social Media Platforms moderated by the law library's director Anne Klinefelter. Check out the full list of events!


Can’t make it to UNC? Celebrate First Amendment Day on your own with these First Amendment activities:

  • The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media has selected prior First Amendment Day sessions available on their YouTube page.
  • First Amendment Activities from Federal Courts. Designed for classrooms, but easily adapted, the exercises allow the user to take landmark Supreme Court cases and apply them to the five pillars of the First Amendment: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.
  • Constitution Annotated - First Amendment. The Constitution Annotated available on congress.gov provides an overview of how the Constitution has been read, interpreted, and applied. Check out the page on the First Amendment to learn more.
  • First Amendment - National Constitution Center or take the class. Read interpretations and debates regarding the First Amendment or dive into a module on the First Amendment, its key protections, and how it has been used.
  • Legal Treatises by Subject – Constitutional Law. We also have a LibGuide on legal treatises by subject. Use treatises to find in-depth analysis on the first Amendment. Smolla and Nimmer on Freedom of Speech, for example, provides history, theory, doctrine, and insights into free speech and the First Amendment.

Looking for more First Amendment resources? Contact the Reference Desk by email at lawref@unc.edu, by phone at 919-962-1194, or by chat at https://library.law.unc.edu (Click “Questions”).


Posted by Kerri-Ann Yanique Rowe on Tue. September 20, 2022 10:00 AM
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