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Berry College Spring 2009
Liberty Tree Week@ Berry — a program series of speakers, exhibits and free performances with free admission. Events included the planting of a Liberty Tree; daylong classroom discussions about religious expression and freedom of information in America; a banned books display and the program “Rebooting America: The First Amendment & A New Generation.”

• Related link: Berry College Press Release
• Contact: Brian Carroll <bc@berry.edu>

California State University, Fullerton Spring 2010
“Censorship at Every Turn” was a daylong symposium focusing on the role of censorship, copyright and free speech in the United States. The program included a screening of the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” panel discussions and a keynote address on copyright and “unoriginal” speech.

• Related link: Censorship at Every Turn
• Contact: Genelle Belmas, Ph.D. <gbelmas@exchange.fullerton.edu>

Eastern Kentucky University Spring 2009
“Free Food vs. Free Expression and the First Amendment: No Free Lunch” — a campus-wide event in which students, faculty and staff were offered a choice between a free lunch and the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Through a series of student-organized staged “confrontations,” participants experienced the temporary “loss” of the rights of free speech and press, religious liberty and the rights of petition and assembly.

• Contact: Elizabeth Hansen: <liz.hansen@eku.edu>

Elon University Fall 2009
At “First Amendment Day at Elon,” First Amendment experts and advocates discussed the future of the First Amendment in an Internet-dominated age, and whether corporations and individuals share the same free speech protection. A Liberty Tree was planted at the conclusion of the events.

• Contact: George Padgett, Ph.D. <Padgett.george@gmail.com>

Iowa State University Spring 2011
First Amendment Day 2011 began with a Freedom March from City Hall to central campus and included among its events a lecture on the student press in the 21st century, a Feast on the First Amendment, soapbox debates and the planting of a Liberty Tree.

• Related link: First Amendment Day 2011

Lehigh University Fall 2009
“Lehigh Celebrates the First!” was a series of programs and discussions on the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Programs and activities included testimonials from faculty, students and staff called “Banned Books We Love,” and the planting of a Liberty Tree. “Fight the Power,” a multimedia musical presentation of music that changed America, made its debut.

• Related link: Lehigh Celebrates the First!
• Contact: Kathy Olson, Ph.D. <Kko2@Lehigh.edu>

Miami University of Ohio Spring 2008
The pilot campus program launched April 7. More than 300 students and educators attended the First Amendment town hall meeting. Students developed their own Web site on First Amendment issues — http://www.mulibertytree.com — and a campus exhibit depicting First Amendment heroes.

• Related link: Miami University Liberty Tree Initiative
• Contact: Patricia Newbury: <newberpg@muohio.edu>

North Georgia College & State University Spring 2011
A Liberty Tree planting kicked off the university’s series of campus Tree events. The university also hosted an exhibit titled “Bars & Blurs,” which featured artwork centered on the theme “Censorship vs. The Freedom of Speech,” a workshop on petitioning the government and a lecture on free press and the military.

• Contact: Charles H. Wilson III, M.P.A., J.D., Ph.D. <chwilson@northgeorgia.edu>

Robert Morris University Spring 2011
“Festival of Five Freedoms” brought together college and high school students for events ranging from panel discussions on First Amendment issues to essay and project competitions to discussions with faculty. The festival also included the planting of a Liberty Tree on campus.

• Related link: Festival of Five Freedoms
• Contact: Andrea Breemer Frantz, Ph.D. <frantza@rmu.edu>

Southern Illinois University Spring 2011
The School of Journalism held a campus conference focusing on “accountability, privacy, anonymity and free expression in a Twitter Age.” The conference included panel discussions, an essay, story and photo contest involving First Amendment values, voter polling on First Amendment issues and the planting of a Liberty Tree on campus.

• Contact: William Freivogel <wfreivogel@gmail.com>

University of North Alabama Spring 2011
The university kicked off its First Amendment Month with the planting of a Liberty Tree. Other events included an art workshop for students in grades 3-8 through a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Art Association; a display of “Liberty Wraps,” which were columns wrapped with items reflecting the freedoms of the First Amendment; and presentations on “The Importance of the Local Newspaper” and “The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Civility.”

• Contact: Greg Pitts, Ph.D. <gpitts@una.edu>

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Fall 2010
For the second year in a row, UNC-CH celebrated First Amendment Day. The daylong event featured the planting of a Liberty Tree, performances of controversial music, a banned-book reading, a discussion on the state of student free expression at the university, and a keynote address by Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center.

• Related link: First Amendment Day
• Contact: Cathy Packer, Ph.D. <clpacker@email.unc.edu>

University of Tennessee Spring 2011
The College of Communications held a monthlong First Amendment Program that featured a banned books and newspapers exhibit, a panel discussion titled “WikiLeaks, the First Amendment, and the Espionage Act” and a workshop for high school journalism teachers. The celebration also included the dedication of a permanent kiosk in the college’s new Scripps Convergence Lab containing First Amendment information, documents and Web links.

• Contact: Dwight Teeter, Ph.D. <dlteeter@bellsouth.net>

Winston-Salem State University Spring 2010
“Social Media: Free Speech at What Cost?” was a one-day conference designed to help participants understand both the power and the ramifications of social media. The program featured a keynote address by Christopher “Play” Martin of the hip-hop duo Kid ’n Play, a talk on online ethics, a panel discussion on free speech and social media, and the planting of a Liberty Tree.

• Contact: Marilyn Roseboro <roseborom@wssu.edu>

Winthrop University Spring 2011
The university held its second Liberty Tree Series in collaboration with the West Forum and with assistance from faculty, staff and students in the departments of mass communication, political science and English. The school held its first Liberty Tree program in Fall 2009. The 2011 events focused on free expression and paid particular attention to the performing arts. Events included presentations on banned books and hip-hop music as well as a staged reading of the controversial play “Phaedra’s Love.”

• Related link: Liberty Tree Series
• Contact: Justin Brown, Ph.D. <brownj@winthrop.edu>

Yale University Spring 2010
The Liberty Tree First Amendment Online Colloquium at Yale Law School examined how First Amendment freedoms increasingly are exercised online, with the law in flux as to how those rights are protected. Topics included search engine law, the First Amendment online, political speech and e-mail, and open government. Speakers in the series included Amy Goodman, founder of Democracy Now!, and Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post.

• Related link: First Amendment Online Colloquium at Yale Law School
• Contact: Laura DeNardis <laura.denardis@yale.edu>

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