Constitution Day Panel

September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

If You Can Keep It: The Election of 2020 and The First Amendment

As the elderly Benjamin Franklin was leaving the Constitutional Convention, the story is told that he was approached by a woman, a Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia, who asked whether the United States would be a republic or a monarchy. “A republic, if you can keep it,” Franklin is quoted as saying. As America gears up to vote in a hotly-contested election a year from now, it’s important that we understand how freedom of the press, freedom of expression and our politics are intertwined and work to maintain our republic. The First Amendment of the Constitution elaborates key freedoms: speech, the press, religion, assembly and petitioning the government. Those freedoms aren’t always understood and can sometimes seem in conflict.

On Constitution Day 2019, Tuesday, Sept. 17, Mount Mercy University will host a panel discussion on how First Amendment freedoms interact with the 2020 election campaign.

Panelists include:
Zack Kucharski, Executive Editor, The Gazette
Joe Sheller, associate professor of communication

Richard Barrett, assistant professor of political science
Lyle Mueller, retired executive director, editor, Iowa Watch

The event is sponsored by The Mount Mercy Times, MMU’s student newspaper; and the Law and Politics Club, a student group at Mount Mercy.


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