College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

2014 First Amendment Day Schedule of Events

Who has a voice?
2014 Greenlee School First Amendment Days

Monday, April 14

Iowa Civil Rights and the First Amendment: An afternoon with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
3 to 6 p.m.
Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Keynote: Civil Rights Pioneer: Iowa’s History of Advancing Justice for All Iowans
3 to 4 p.m.

Iowa Civil Rights Specialist Brooke Miller will explore Iowa’s rich history as a civil rights pioneer through case law, legislation and profiles of influential women and men who helped the state become a distinguished leader in acknowledging and protecting civil rights.

Breakout session: Let’s Talk about More than Sex: Gender Identity and Civil Rights in Iowa
4 to 5 p.m.

Iowa Civil Rights Specialist Liz Johnson will explore the Iowa Civil Rights Act’s statutory definitions and protections for transgender Iowans and evaluate the emerging issues transgender people face in schools, workplaces and public accommodations.

Breakout Session: Fair Housing for Everyone
5-6 p.m.

In this one-hour, highly interactive workshop, Iowa Civil Rights Commission Supervisor Don Grove will introduce fair-housing law by explaining what is meant by an “unlawful discriminatory practice.” After Grove defines the term and provide examples, participants will discuss several scenarios of residential rental and sales transactions to better understand what is and what is not discriminatory. Grove will also explain how to file a complaint and what happens when a complaint is filed.

Government Spying, Threats to Privacy and Your Rights Online
6 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

April Glaser, a staff activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will be joining a panel discussion that examines the National Security Agency’s spying and the future of journalism, as well as the importance and challenges of adopting privacy tools online. Iowa State panel members include Jane Fritsch (Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication), Dr. Zayira Jordan (Human Computer Interaction) and Nik Kinkel (Digital Freedom Group founder). Dr. Jonathan Tsou (Philosophy and Religious Studies) will moderate the panel discussion.

7:15 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Bring your own digital device to the Digital Freedom Group’s CryptoParty, which will start after the panel discussion. Members of the Digital Freedom Group will help you experiment with and install software and other freedom-enhancing tools on your own devices. These tools will help protect you from surveillance when using your digital devices.

Wednesday, April 16

Bill Kunerth Tribute/Champion of the First Amendment Award
3-4:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

On Dec. 9, the Greenlee School lost William F. Kunerth, a respected former faculty member who will be remembered for his tenacity and dedication to his students, his community and his journalism profession. Kunerth, also known as ‘Wild Bill,” served in the U.S. Army in World War II in France and Germany, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Kunerth wrote for newspapers throughout the Midwest before coming to Iowa State to dedicate the next 30 years to teaching and inspiring future journalists. Bill Kunerth will be recognized by the Greenlee School with the Champion of the First Amendment Award at 4 p.m.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
8 p.m.
Ames City Auditorium

Join the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication in experiencing Red Hot Patriot, a one-woman act detailing the life of First Amendment activist Molly Ivins. Barbara Chisholm, voted Best Actress by The Austin (Texas) Chronicle, will perform the one-woman show about the sassy and humorous Texas political columnist. Sisters Allison and Peggy Engel, authors of Red Hot Patriot with ties to Iowa State, will lead a talk-back session with interested audience members after the performance.

Thursday, April 17

Student Rights and the Supreme Court: Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
7 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Mary Beth Tinker and her brother John wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. The Des Moines school board tried to stop them. When Mary Beth refused to remove her armband, she was suspended, along with her brother. When they returned to school after the winter break, they wore black clothing to continue their protest. Four years later, the Supreme Court ruled in Tinker v. Des Moines that students ‘do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse.” This set the standard for free-speech cases in schools.

Cathy Kuhlmeier was a layout editor for her Hazelwood East High School newspaper, The Spectrum. The principal would not allow publication of stories about teen pregnancy and divorce’s effects on teenagers. The newspaper adviser removed the two articles from the paper. Kuhlmeier and other Spectrum writers sued the Hazelwood (Mo.) School District in 1984. The students cited the Tinker case, but a district court rejected the claim. In Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school, giving educators leeway to censor student publications if the concerns are ‘reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.”

Mike Hiestand is an attorney for student rights. He is the owner and founder of Zenger Consulting and was the staff attorney for the Student Press Law Center. Hiestand still works with student journalists and other special projects related to student media. Hiestand has helped almost 15,000 college and high school journalists, as well as their advisers.

Times and locations subject to change.
Information current as of April 8, 2014.