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The First Amendment

The Dallas Morning News, the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, 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. Free admission; registration requested.

Registration for the series of three

Or register for individual sessions:

Session 1: Sept 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Reception 6:30 pm
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?

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Session 2: October 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
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.

Venue to be decided
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Session 3: November 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Freedom of speech and expression on college campuses. What does “academic freedom” properly entail, especially within the context of controversial statements and student protests?

Venue to be decided
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About the presenters


The Division of Journalism at Meadows School of the Arts provides students with the intellectual, interpretive and practical skills they need to function as professionals. With state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled faculty, we have created an environment for hands-on teaching and learning while remaining true to our primary mission of training young journalists who can think clearly, write well and make ethical distinctions in a rapidly changing convergent media environment.


DMNmedia is the marketing solutions group of The Dallas Morning News, Inc. and is part of the A.H. Belo Corporation, the largest media company in D-FW with a history of more than 160 years.


One Day University® brings together professors from the finest universities in the country to present special versions of their very best lectures – LIVE.

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Since 1980, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture has conducted public programs aimed at discovering what the humanities have to offer to the cultural life of the city. The humanities, as we treat them, are the written things and the spoken stories that help us define ourselves as human beings – literature, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, and mythology, among other fields.

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