Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech

We explore First Amendment topics with leading authors by engaging with their recent First Amendment writings: Catherine J. Ross, Amy Gajda, Erwin Chemerinsky, Howard Gillman, Floyd Abrams, Charles Slack and Thomas Healy.

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Amy Werbel and Lust on Trial

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Amy Werbel and Lust on Trial

In Lust on Trial, [Amy] Werbel presents a colorful journey through Comstock’s career that doubles as a new history of post–Civil War America’s risqué visual and sexual culture. Born into a puritanical New England community, Anthony Comstock moved to New York in 1868 armed with his Christian faith and a burning desire to rid the city of vice. Werbel describes how[Read More…]

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Catherine J. Ross and Lessons in Censorship

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Catherine J. Ross and Lessons in Censorship

Lessons in Censorship,  “highlights the troubling and growing tendency of schools to clamp down on off-campus speech such as texting and sexting and reveals how well-intentioned measures to counter verbal bullying and hate speech may impinge on free speech. Throughout, Ross proposes ways to protect free expression without disrupting education.” – Harvard University Press. Catherine J. Ross specializes in constitutional law (with[Read More…]

Amy Gajda

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Amy Gajda and The First Amendment Bubble

The First Amendment Bubble , “In determining the news that’s fit to print, U.S. courts have traditionally declined to second-guess professional journalists. But in an age when news, entertainment, and new media outlets are constantly pushing the envelope of acceptable content, the consensus over press freedoms is eroding. The First Amendment Bubble examines how unbridled media are endangering the constitutional privileges[Read More…]

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Erwin Chemerinsky & Howard Gillman and Free Speech on Campus

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Erwin Chemerinsky & Howard Gillman and Free Speech on Campus

Free Speech on Campus “provides the background necessary to understanding the importance of free speech on campus and offers clear prescriptions for what colleges can and can’t do when dealing with free speech controversies.” – Yale University Press Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper[Read More…]

Floyd Abrams

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Floyd Abrams and The Soul of the First Amendment

The Soul of the First Amendment “addresses legal issues from the adoption of the Bill of Rights through recent cases such as Citizens United” – Yale University Press.

Charles Slack

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Charles Slack and Liberty’s First Crisis

Liberty’s First Crisis:Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech “tells the story of the 1798 Sedition Act, the crucial moment when high ideals met real-world politics and the country’s future hung in the balance. From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin’s own grandson, those victimized by the Sedition Act were as varied as the[Read More…]

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Thomas Healy and The Great Dissent

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Thomas Healy and The Great Dissent

The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind–and Changed the History of Free Speech in America “is a fascinating glimpse into an art that seems lost in law and politics today: the art of changing one’s mind. In meticulous detail, Healy tells us how the great jurist, who had staunchly upheld criminal convictions in free speech cases just months before,[Read More…]