THE FIRST AMENDMENT

The Dallas Morning News, the Division of Journalism at SMU, NBC5, One Day University, and the Dallas Institute

The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, begin with provisions protecting certain freedoms: of religion, of speech and the press, and of peaceful assembly. This three-part program will focus on freedom of speech and the press and on the right to peaceful assembly. Sessions will be conducted at the Dallas Institute and other city venues.

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SESSION 1:  On the origin and history of freedom of speech and the press in the U.S. What are the roots of these freedoms and the centuries-long traditions that have grown from them?

Keynote: Dr. David Upham (University of Dallas Political Philosophy)

Panelists: Dr. Upham, Kristi Nelson (NBC5 anchor), Dr. Rita Kirk (Director, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, SMU), James Ragland (The Dallas Morning News), Dianne Solis, Moderator (The Dallas Morning News)

Sept 13, 6:30-8 pm. Reception 6 pm.
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture


SESSION 2: Freedom of the press and the pursuit of truth. How are we to understand accuracy of information vs. “fake news”? How do media gain—or regain—the public’s trust.

Presenter: Mike Wilson (Editor, The Dallas Morning News)

Panelists: Mike Wilson, Moderator; Mark Ginther (VP of News, NBC5); Hannah Wise (TDMN), Cassandra Jaramillo (TDMN); Jamie Hancock (TDMN), Shannon Teicher (Attorney, Jackson Walker)

October 11, 6:30-8 pm. Reception 6 pm.
UNT Dallas, Founders’ Hall, Rm 137/138 – 7300 University Hills Blvd, Dallas, TX 75241


SESSION 3: Freedom of speech and expression on college campuses. What does “academic freedom” properly entail, especially within the context of controversial statements and student protests?

Presenter: Prof. Bill Bridge (SMU Dedman School of Law)

Panelists: Prof. Bridge, Kylie Madry (SMU journalism student and TDMN intern), Lynne Rambo (Texas A&M Law School), Lauren Smart (SMU Division of Journalism), Michael Lindenberger, Moderator (The Dallas Morning News)

November 9, 6:30-8 pm. Reception 6 pm.
Interabang Bookstore, 10720 Preston Road, Dallas

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