Class 1: Introductions (2017/07/07)

Sept. 7 (Class 1) – Introductions. 

Topics Covered:
  1. Introductions.
    1. Name, interest in libraries (are you in one now?), interest in intellectual freedom, & one random ice-breaker fact.
  2. Discussion of intellectual freedom.
    1. What is “intellectual freedom”?
    2. What kinds of experiences have you had with intellectual freedom?
    3. What are threats to intellectual freedom?
    4. How do we protect intellectual freedom? In our libraries, in our profession, in the US, in the world?
  3. Class mechanics.
  4. BREAK.
  5. Class Workshop.: Form groups of 2 or 3, and:
    1. 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?
    2. State Constitution: Pick a state & look for “civil rights”; see if you can compare & contrast with US.
    3. Set up a Wikipedia account. (If you have one already, help other people set one up.)
  6. Lecture / Discussion: Constitutional law and First Amendment basics.
    1. Discussing what people found.
    2. 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.
    3. Sources of law: Constitution (enabling authority); statutes; common law.
    4. The Bill of Rights & civil liberties. 1st & 4th … 5th & 14th … 9th & 10th. The whole? (penumbra)
  7. Next week! What to do.