British colloquialisms aside, (and yeah, we’re that pretentious) we Americans love our constitution, especially when it comes to the first amendment and our beloved free speech. Berkeley even named a whole darn cafe after it! So it only follows that this Tuesday Sept. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Free Speech Movement Cafe (where else?), emeritus history professor Leon Litwack will give a lecture on the Free Speech Movement and the Constitution.

Having a Free Speech Movement discussion at the FSM seems a little too adorable, but you have to admit, this is still a very relevant issue. After all, what about that guy who wanted to go around burning Qu’rans? That certainly keeps the free speech debate current.

It doesn’t hurt to brush up on your Berkeley history, either. The rest of the country just assumes we’re still hippies, so we might as well know a little something about it. That stereotype is kinda fun to perpetuate.

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Lecture: The Free Speech Movement and the Constitution [UC Berkeley Events Calendar]


“This theater is on fire!”

Illegal or First Amendment territory?

If you’ve ever questioned the extent of your rights and realized that there’s a whole lot of iffy out there, then Berkeley’s co-ed, pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is here for you.

This Tuesday, March 16, PAD is hosting an informational meeting focused on, as they say, “The Line Between Freedom of Speech and Illegal Activity.” Starting at 7 pm, you can come to the California Room in Hotel Durant and ask any pertinent questions you might have.

Speakers ranging from the UCPD Chief of Police to esteemed Berkeley professors of law and public policy will be sitting as a panel, ready to hash out all the details. Talk about the sit-ins, ask about March 4—as long as it’s about free speech, it’s fair game.

And did we mention that it’s free?

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