First Amendment on display during Free Speech Week


To commemorate Free Speech Week Illinois College will present “1st and Foremost,” a presentation celebrating the First Amendment of the United States Constitution on Monday, October 21, at 11 a.m., in Sibert Theatre.

“We want people to understand and appreciate what the First Amendment actually means,” Adrienne Hacker Daniels, professor of communication and rhetorical studies, says.

Adria Battaglia, a faculty member from Angelo State University, will join Hacker Daniels on the stage providing important information about the First Amendment. There will be a multimedia presentation that Hacker Daniels says is both informative and entertaining. Six Illinois College students will be participating in the presentation along with the two students from Angelo State.

Free Speech Week is the country’s premier event celebrating free speech and a free press. The goal is to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy – and to celebrate that freedom. FSW is observed during the third full week of October annually. This year Free Speech Week will take place October 21-27. Illinois College is one of just a handful of other colleges and institutions that is an Educational Partner with the Free Speech Week organization.

The “1st and Foremost” presentation is made possible through a grant from the 1 for All Campus Initiative. This initiative was created to build awareness of the First Amendment by bringing thought-provoking First Amendment programs and speakers to colleges and universities nationwide.

Funded by a grant from the McCormick Foundation, the 1 for All Campus Initiative provides $5,000 grants to host a campus program, tapping the talents of local and national experts and educators to illuminate pivotal First Amendment issues.

From this grant, Illinois College was able to hold a Banned Books event on campus and will be able to dedicate a Liberty Tree at the Starhill Forest Arboretum next spring. The tree is a symbol of the importance of the First Amendment to an educated public. More information to come on the Liberty Tree dedication.

For more information, contact Hacker Daniels at 217-245-3465 or at

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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