October 31, 2019

MARIEKE BECK-COON | Free Speech on Campus

VERMILLION, S.D. - “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Those are the implications stated by the First Amendment. It’s a topic that gets discussed weekly by our country and has implications for college campuses.

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Education (FIRE) is an advocacy group about free speech on campus, freedom of association, academic freedom, due process and freedom of conscious.

On this week's episode of Credit Hour, Host Michael Ewald has a conversation with Mariene Beak-Coon, director of litigation for FIRE about free speech issues affecting college campuses.

“I think it’s super interesting to think about how you view the first amendment not being somebody who is not being a First Amendment scholar, just someone who interacts with the idea of the First Amendment,” Beak-Coon said. “How does it affect you? How is it coming up in your life?”

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