First Amendment freedoms to be celebrated

Carolina will celebrate First Amendment Day on Tuesday (Sept. 24) with a series of events, including a reading by Chancellor Carol Folt.

The event, part of National Banned Books Week, will celebrate the First Amendment and explore its role in the lives of Carolina students.

The day kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Carroll Hall. Midday highlights in the Pit include the Loreleis and Cadence, two UNC a cappella groups, singing controversial songs at 12:15 and Folt reading an excerpt from the once-banned classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck at 12:30 p.m.

Bruce D. Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, will deliver the day’s keynote address at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Hall auditorium. Brown will explore the relationship between the Obama Administration and the media.

At 8:30 p.m., members of UNC’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance will read banned children’s books aloud and serve milk and cookies in the Freedom Forum Conference Center in Carroll Hall. Also at 8:30 p.m., trivial buffs will test their First Amendment knowledge at a contest at Linda’s Bar and Grill.

First Amendment Day is organized by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and supported by generous funding from Time Warner Cable. The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy is a collaboration between the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Law.

Read more for a complete schedule of events.

Published September 20, 2013.