FIRST AMENDMENT AND HIGHER EDUCATION
CALENDAR SPRING 2013
First week goals:
Key concepts & subject areas: Introduction to Constitutional law, court system, and current issues in higher education. Also:
- Help structure class
- Read and understand the problem from articles on this web site
- Read about “dual loop thinking” (short article in the New York Times Jan. 20)
- Consider research / action for class
- Consider who to interview / invite to class
- What foundations and institutions are concerned about First Amendment and Higher Education? Should we invite them to speak at RU?
- What RU groups are interested in this problem? Student media leaders? Communications committee? Others.
- Should we consider a class excursion to UVa Democracy Wall or other nearby destination? How could RU begin to plan for a “Democracy Wall” of its own? How would it be most effective? Are there other examples of outdoor bulletin boards we could copy or get blueprints for?
- Announce class more widely
- Experiment with existing bulletin boards
- What other creative non-violent actions can be taken to illustrate the problem and propose solutions?
- Understand path to “deliverables”
- “Communications audit” (unprecedented)
- PDF creative commons book
- What is the name of the authors group?
- Debates and/ or other creative non-violent action
History of Higher Education, history of the First Amendment. Also:
- Welcoming intellectual diversity, confronting hate speech (non-violent communication)
- All students should have writable logins to RU Speechless, the external web site for the class
- All students should have chapter & research group assignments
- Finding links to, and comparisons with, other universities
- Students should have research and writing assignments
- Bulletin board open space comparisons / per student ?
- How do faculty advertise new courses?
Prior restraint in law and in education, including speech codes and censorship of student expression. Also:
- Groups plan separately to place content on the RU Speechless web site.
- Understanding rhetorical techniques, How to conduct a debate (Students will be expected to plan and conduct a debate)
- Is marginalization of student media a First Amendment issue?
4th week: Student Media – prior restraint and advertising
- Alcohol advertising and the Virginia Tech case / invite student media leaders to speak?
5th week: Free speech zones and the public forum test
6th Week: Ethics, hate speech and compelled speech (U. Wisconsin v Southwood) and Religious speech (Rosenberger v U.Va.)
7th Week: Libel and the university
- Researching legal issues (Students will be expected to brief cases)
- How to write a moot court brief
- Developing an ethical “tool kit”
- Public service project