CHADRON – Chadron State College’s Constitution Day event will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center’s Chicoine Atrium. “Protests and the Constitution” will feature a panel discussion about protesting from a variety of angles, including the power of protesting, the history of protests, and the legal ramifications of conducting protests, according to Project Coordinator and event organizer Kate Pope. The event is free and open to the public.
The panelists are CSC faculty members Dr. Nathaniel Gallegos, assistant professor of Business, Dr. Lisette Leesch professor in the Justice Studies, Social Sciences and English Department, Dr. Kurt Kinbacher, associate professor in the Justice Studies, Social Sciences and English Department, Dr. Kimberly Cox assistant professor in the Justice Studies, Social Sciences and English Department, Dr. Adam Hughes assistant professor in the Communications, Music, Art and Theatre Department, and Rick Hickstein of the Chadron Police Department.
Leesch said the panel discussion is a great opportunity for students to learn about the rules governing the exercise of freedoms of assembly, association and expression.
Gallegos said he was pleased to be asked to participate.
“Municipalities have a difficult task of balancing public safety and not abridging constitutional protections and I wish to present their side,” Gallegos said. “This event is but one of many that will connect proclaiming protected speech throughout this year. It's an honor to be involved.”
The freshmen Common Reading Experience graphic novel “March: Book One,” by civil rights leader and U.S. Senator John Lewis will also be addressed during the panel discussion, according to Cox.
“I will be presenting on the ways that literature engages in protest. Historically, novels especially have been a powerful tool for inspiring movements and engaging people's empathy while raising awareness of contemporary issues. This panel offers us a chance to encourage students to explore the way the constitution impacts contemporary culture,” Cox said.
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