Columbia Public Library hosts first amendment panel

1 year 2 months 6 days ago Monday, February 13 2017 Feb 13, 2017 Monday, February 13, 2017 1:33:00 PM CST February 13, 2017 in News
By: Lexi Larson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Library is sponsoring an event Monday that discusses free speech in the digital era.

The event will highlight three speakers: Dr. Adam Seagrave and Dr. Nicholas Drummond, both distinguished scholars from the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, and Jim Robertson, managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. 

Patricia Miller, adult services manager for Columbia Public Library, said the event will address concerns about how social media has changed free speech.

"I’m hoping that we get a better understanding of, perhaps the complexity of the first amendment freedom of speech," Miller said. "What the original, I guess founders intended, it’s purpose, is it still feasible today because of the changes in technology."

Miller said Seagrave and Drummond will discuss if the meaning of free speech has changed. 

"Dr. Seagrave is going to look back at the original intent, the principles behind the first amendment and free speech, and see if it still basically applies to today," Miller said. "And then Dr. Drummond is going to look at some of the political theory behind free speech and how important it is."

Miller said Robertson is going to address concerns and responsibilities of the news industry in the modern era.

"He going to talk about the challenges that the instant news cycles, social media, has had for the newspaper industry," Miller said. "Newspapers have to be in the business of countering some of the disinformation that’s prevalent because of the technology."

The League of Women Voters of Columbia–Boone County is co-sponsoring the event. 

Co-President of the League, Peggy Placier, said she hopes a lot of people turn up to the event. 

"They invited us to join as a co-sponsor because of our common interest in equal rights and especially freedom of speech," Placier said. 

This event goes along with the exhibit celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights on display at the Columbia Public Library through February 28.

Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the National Archives helped make the event possible. 

Mitzi St. John, public relations manager for Columbia Public Library, said one of the missions of the library is life long learning. 

"This is just one more topic for people to explore and learn more about," St. John said. 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R- Harrisonville announced the winner of her annual congressional art competition Saturday afternoon. ... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Community members took laps around the MizzouRec Saturday to raise money for Relay For Life of Mizzou’s main event,... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - For the past five years, Osage Heritage Elementary has hosted a Color Run to raise funds for... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A former St. Louis-area teacher will be on five years of probation for having sex with a... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:43:59 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — A former St. Louis-area day care teaching assistant has been found guilty of molesting a 5-year-old... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:40:09 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of E. Ashley St. at 11:08 p.m.... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:27:00 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri legislators approved numerous changes Thursday to local elections, including allowing voters to request absentee ballots... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:27:13 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Casey Shoemate, a 26-year-old Miller County sheriff's deputy, died Friday night after colliding head-on with another vehicle... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Retailer Sears will close its Columbia Mall store this summer because the location has become unprofitable. Sears Director... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 8:46:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A local non-profit organization, Columbia Access Television, hosted a 24-hour film contest that started Friday at 5:30 pm. ... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – As more and more fraternities face misconduct charges across the nation, the Greek community of MU is looking... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 6:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives. The Columbia Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For 13 years, Rhonda Harper has been at the helm of Lincoln University's "Marching Musical Storm." ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
7pm 62°
8pm 60°
9pm 58°
10pm 57°