Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 Constitution Day & Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary Events

On Wednesday, September 17, 4-5:30pm, Berkeley Law will host a panel discussion, “Free Speech on Campus: From the Free Speech Movement to Occupy.” Moderated by Christopher Kutz, panelists will include Richard Buxbaum, Jackson J. Ralston Professor of International Law (Emeritus), Berkeley Law; Robert Cole, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Berkeley Law; Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California. More information on this, and other FSM 50 events, is available online. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

That same evening, in Room 105 Berkeley Law will host a screening of “Blueberry Soup: Participatory Democracy, Social Media, and Constitutionalism,” a film about popular constitutional change in Iceland. The film will begin at6pm and will be followed by a discussion with the documentary filmmaker, Eileen Jerrett, on the value of social media and person-to-person communications within participatory government. This event is sponsored by Berkeley Law’s California Constitution Center and the Institute of Governmental Studies. Information is available online.

On Monday, October 27, the renowned legal scholar Tom Ginsburg (Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago) will deliver the 2014 Jefferson Lecture entitled “Were the Framers Right About Constitutional Design? The US Constitution in Comparative Perspective.” The lecture will summarize empirical work on constitutions relevant to the founders' conjectures about design and evaluate how their propositions fared over the course of the subsequent two centuries, in which over 900 constitutions have been written. The event begins at 4:00pm in the Chevron Auditorium of International House.