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A History of the First Amendment

A History of the First Amendment

Andrew Smith, Ph. D., a professor of communication at Edinboro University will talk about the history of the first amendment to celebrate Banned Book Week. 

Please register to receive a free Banned Book Bookmark in honor of Banned Book Week.

Abstract from the presenter: "Chilling effects develop when a person’s or group’s public speech that is protected by the 1st Amendment is abridged in some way—typically through government interdiction, litigation and/or indictment—creating fear in others who engage or wish to engage in such speech. My focus in this talk is on disinformation promulgated by the radical right, and liberal calls for the resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine to counter it. I'll review three 1st Amendment cases: Miller v. California (1973); Red Lion Broadcasting v. FCC (1969); and New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) that shed light in different ways on the question of whether disinformation promulgated by public figures (politicians, broadcasters, academics and others) should be protected speech, or in some way ‘chilled’ with a legal remedy that has been elusive since the demise of the Fairness Doctrine."

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Blasco Room 219
Blasco Memorial Library
  Adults     Seniors     Teens  
  Class or Workshop     Lecture  

Registration is required. There are 12 seats available.

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Erie County Public Library


Blasco Memorial Library
160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

Contact phone: 814-451-6927

Contact email: library-reference@eriecountypa.gov

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