Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UIS Speaker Series explores free speech, political discourse, race, sexuality and the press as part of a Constitution Day panel discussion

WHAT: In recognition of Constitution Day, the University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will host a panel discussion on current issues related to free speech, political discourse, race, sexuality and the press. The panel will examine how the U.S. Constitution addresses the civil liberties related to these important issues. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Monday, September 17, 2018, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Panelists include James LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, and UIS Legal Studies faculty members Deborah Anthony and Eugene McCarthy.

LaRue is the author of “The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges” and was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host.

Anthony, an associate professor of legal studies, is an expert on modern and historical gender law and politics, constitutional law and employment discrimination.

McCarthy, an assistant professor of legal studies and the director of the UIS Pre-Law Center, is a scholar of constitutional civil liberties, corporate law and white-collar crime. With regard to civil liberties, his published scholarship addresses women’s reproductive rights in the context of constitutional originalism.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit

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