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Catherine Ross on Student Walkouts: “What is at stake in teaching young people how to live liberty—particularly how to exercise their expressive rights—is nothing less than the future of our democracy.”

Our guest writer and constitutional law scholar, Catherine Ross, speaks out about the student protests rocking the nation from the March 14 walkouts to the March for our Our Lives movement and looking ahead to the next planned protests on April 20th. Her book, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights, excerpted on FAW looks at important free speech issues relevant to today's movement.

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Lata Nott

Lata Nott Podcast: Censoring Student Journalists

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, originally published this podcast on the Newseum blog, and has given First […]

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Knight First Amendment Institute: From the Heckler’s Veto to the Provocateur’s Privilege

Reprinted with Permission From Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University Emerging Threats series invites leading thinkers to identify and grapple […]

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State of the First Amendment Under President Trump Scores a C+

Every quarter the Newseum Institute produces a “report card” on how the current administration is faring on the five freedoms: […]

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First Amendment: By the Numbers

With controversies swirling daily about the freedom of speech and press, what is the state of public support for the […]

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College Students: We ‘Sort Of’ Support First Amendment

In a recent Brookings survey of current undergraduate students at U.S. four-year colleges and universities, researchers found that "Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses." A lack of understanding of First Amendment protections imperils the future of free speech. Is it to late to fix the underlying misconceptions?

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Berkeley Braces For Fallout Over Conservative Firebrand Speakers

UC Berkeley has stated repeatedly its support of free speech including hate speech. As a result, the city has reeled from protests which have led to fires, fireworks, and fights. Thursday another controversial speaker - ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro - is visiting and police are asking to brace themselves with pepper spray to protect everyone's First Amendment rights.

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