Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rodney Smolla on freedom of speech in Minnesota

First Amendment scholar and Furman University President Rodney Smolla will deliver a keynote lecture about Minnesota’s role in First Amendment law at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, to kick off a weeklong event focusing on the First Amendment. He will speak in Room 155 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis.

The event, "They All Began Here: Minnesota’s Landmark Supreme Court Cases Then and Now," examines three U.S. Supreme Court cases that took place in Minnesota and how the decisions in these cases still affect First Amendment rights.

Smolla is nationally recognized as a First Amendment scholar, teacher, advocate and writer. His lecture will focus on the important role these Minnesota cases play in First Amendment law today—particularly in the areas of hate speech, government censorship, national security and whether reporters should use confidential sources.

To register for Smolla's lecture, visit

Smolla will also speak at the bookstore at 4 pm and sign copies of his book.

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