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Free speech program to mark Constitution Day


Dane Wendell, assistant professor of political science, to present “Can Free Speech Last in America Today?”

Dane Wendell - Assistant Professor of Political Science


By David C.L. Bauer

This article appeared in the Jacksonville Journal Courier on Aug. 31, 2021.

Constitution Day will be commemorated in Jacksonville on Sept. 15 with a program on free speech in America.

The program, sponsored by the Jacksonville Area Museum, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Lovejoy Hall at 520 W. College Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Illinois College professor Dane Wendell will present “Can Free Speech Last in America Today?” The program will serve as lead-in to a Smithsonian exhibit coming to the museum Nov. 20.

The program will also be available online.

“Americans revere our First Amendment free speech rights, but we often have explosive disagreements about what those rights mean,” Wendell said. “The … program will explore how new emerging issues in our politics today make our free speech rights more important than ever before.”

The Jacksonville Area Museum, which will open Sept. 25, will feature artifacts and exhibits about the Jacksonville community. It will host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street’s “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” exhibit Nov. 20-Dec. 25.

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, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. 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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