Students Celebrate First Amendment Day at Iowa State University

By April 9, 2010

Students at Iowa State University celebrated the university’s eighth annual First Amendment Day yesterday, holding a day-long series of public events and panel discussions on the issues currently facing free speech.

Sidewalk chalk artists create First  Amendment flag. #freespeech on Twitpic

First Amendment Day this year featured a keynote address on "Watchdog Journalism in the 21st Century," delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune reporter Joe Mahr. The event also had an outdoor "Feast on the First Amendment," featuring live music and soapbox debates, some of which you can view via the event’s Twitter page.

Congratulations to Iowa State for another successful First Amendment Day. Hopefully Iowa State’s more deeply informed minds will put their new knowledge to use by working to get rid of Iowa State’s speech codes.

Schools: Iowa State University