“Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” written by ISU alum Allison Engel and her twin sister, was performed in Ames Wednesday as a part of the Greenlee School’s 12th-annual First Amendment celebration. The one-woman play showcased the outspoken nature of Texas political columnist Molly Ivins. Photo courtesy of Mark Berndt Photography.
Iowa has been a leader in civil rights issues since the early 1800s. In a keynote speech as part of the Greenlee School’s First Amendment celebration, Brooke Miller, civil rights specialist from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, highlighted the many notable cases that define Iowa’s history.
Through interactive workshops, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission demonstrated how 10 personal characteristics protected by state and local law affect civil rights. Workshops about the issues of gender identity and housing rights provided students with a new perspective about rights that matter to them.
The opening day of the Greenlee School’s First Amendment celebration included a presentation, panel questions and a workshop about protecting privacy in email, text messaging and Web browsing. The ISU Digital Freedom Club and April Glaser of the Electronic Frontier Foundation presented information at the Memorial Union.