Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Right to Offend: Freedom of Speech in America

From the clever people at

I'm really excited about my upcoming course at Clark College. Do you remember the Fred Friendly series about the Constitution? I used to love those shows. Yes, I am a politics/history geek and proud of it. He kicked around a lot of interesting questions with various people who sat in a big circle.

I decided to offer a similar experience to local mature learners. This first set of classes will focus on the First Amendment freedoms of speech and of the press; in the winter, I will offer an examination of the freedom of religion (some say "from religion") found in the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses.

I am psyched!!

Here's the official course description. Let me know what you think I should include. I have some ideas, of course, but I am always open to your thoughts, interwebs!

Exercise your right to speak your mind in this discussion-based class, as we examine some of the principles and practices arising from the First Amendment. Class will begin with a review of the historical basis of the right to free speech, and then dive into some recent examples in our community and in Supreme Court decisions. This is the first of a series examining the Bill of Rights. Mature Learning classes are for people age 55 and older only.

Register here for a good time.