Class 1: Introductions (2017/07/07)
Sept. 7 (Class 1) – Introductions.
- Name, interest in libraries (are you in one now?), interest in intellectual freedom, & one random ice-breaker fact.
- Discussion of intellectual freedom.
- What is “intellectual freedom”?
- What kinds of experiences have you had with intellectual freedom?
- What are threats to intellectual freedom?
- How do we protect intellectual freedom? In our libraries, in our profession, in the US, in the world?
- Class mechanics.
- Class Workshop.: Form groups of 2 or 3, and:
- US Constitution: Skim (very quickly) the Constitution, and then read (more carefully) the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments). What rights do you think each amendment protects, and for whom?
- State Constitution: Pick a state & look for “civil rights”; see if you can compare & contrast with US.
- Set up a Wikipedia account. (If you have one already, help other people set one up.)
- Lecture / Discussion: Constitutional law and First Amendment basics.
- Discussing what people found.
- US constitutional framework. “Are we a nation of states? What’s the state of our nation?” (“My Shot”, Hamilton) Limited powers. Constitutional Supremacy. Federalism, tripartite divided government.
- Sources of law: Constitution (enabling authority); statutes; common law.
- The Bill of Rights & civil liberties. 1st & 4th … 5th & 14th … 9th & 10th. The whole? (penumbra)
- Next week! What to do.