Access Minnesota

18 November 2015

The First Amendment on College Campuses

For the week of November 22, 2015

Jane Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota; she joins Access Minnesota to discuss recent student protests and First Amendment issues on college campuses.

  • Part 1

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    (1:12) The protests at the University of Missouri and whether students and faculty violated First Amendment rights by blocking journalists from reporting on the campus protests; (2:57) Journalists generally have the right to report anywhere the public is allowed to go; (4:49) The argument for creating safe spaces on campus; (6:29) Public universities are subject to the US constitution and the First Amendment, while private schools are not; (8:08) The right to assemble on campuses; (9:58) The Yale protests and whether the school should have sent an email encouraging censorship of Halloween costumes; (12:00) Increasingly, students demand college classes avoid “trigger words” and possibly offensive or culturally sensitive subjects

  • Part 2

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    (:18) Why the Yale email was met with student protests and how universities are reacting to students’ demands for sensitivity; (3:06) Hate speech is protected by the First Amendment, but direct threats are not protected; (4:42) Free speech issues on the University of Minnesota campus; (7:15) The probability we will see Frist Amendment issues on college campuses addressed in court; (9:22) How terrorists attacks, like the recent attacks in Paris, affect free speech and privacy

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