Constitution Day luncheon & panel discussion on September 17

Fast Food & Free Speech

Should supporters of gay marriage boycott Chick-fil-A? Should opponents of gay marriage boycott Starbucks? Is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right to protect his citizens from a company that he says does not reflect “Chicago values”?

Are all these protests and counter-protests just the latest silliness in political correctness or are there Constitutional implications? Join the Library this Monday (September 17th) at 12:00 for our Constitution Day celebration as a faculty panel takes on this question. With us to explore how the First Amendment applies to businesses will be Dr. James Davids from the School of Law and Robertson School of Government, Prof. Tessa Dysart from the School of Law, Dr.  F. Mitchell Land from the School of Communication & the Arts, and Dr. Caleb Verbois from the College of Arts & Sciences. Julianne Cenac, Assistant Vice President for Professional & Continuing Education, will moderate the discussion.

The discussion will be preceded by a free pizza luncheon.

We will also unveil the video of We read the Constitution, featuring more than 100 members of the Regent community. For a sample of the video, click here.

Constitution Day is a nationwide observance that marks the signing of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. This year marks the Library’s eighth annual program to celebrate this important event in our Nation’s history.