First Amendment Study:

Freedom of Communication and Religion
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 2:15 PM PM EDT 

More than ever in U.S. history, the First Amendment rests on our nation’s front lines of ideological struggles for truth. On the occasion of their two new books’ publication on the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Laura Little will discuss the most pressing topics in First Amendment jurisprudence. These topics form the impetus for their new pedagogical books.

In addition to free speech topics, the books focus on current issues about the Amendment’s religion clauses: freedom of religion and the prohibition against government “establishing” religion.                             

In their hour-long program, Chemerinsky and Little will discuss such issues as:  
  • Will this be a particularly dynamic era in First Amendment jurisprudence? Why is the First Amendment a particularly vital topic for study?  
  • How will the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court likely affect the constitutional jurisprudence on religion?
  • Should First Amendment doctrine apply to decisions by social media platforms (such as Twitter) to cut off accounts of public officials?
  • Hate speech remains one of the most troubling problems of human society. Is the current doctrine adequate to govern this issue?
Featured Speakers
Erwin Chemerinsky,
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law
University of California Berkeley School of Law
Laura E. Little,
James G. Schmidt Professor of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law

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