Week Four Updates


This week we will begin to think about culture in the public sphere. To do so, we will discuss the importance, complexities, and challenges that arise from the freedom of speech. In Monday’s class we will discuss the First Amendment to the US Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

In Wednesday’s class we will discuss famous instances of free speech in twentieth-century American history. We will consider not only political speeches but also  expressions of dissent in the form of popular songs.

As part of the preparation for Project #2, in Friday’s class we will discuss cultural customs.

I have posted Reading Packet #2 to the Handouts page of the course site. In it you will find all the readings for the rest of the term. I expect each of you to come to Thursday’s study group with a printed copy of Reading Packet #2. Please note that a number of our “readings” will be online sites and videos. I expect each of you to take the time to explore those sites and watch those videos with the same close attention that you have been devoting to the assigned readings.

I will be handing out Week #4 Individual Study Questions on Wednesday and detailed instructions concerning Project #2 on Friday. I will also post those documents to the course site when they are available.

See you in class.

Images and Links for Monday’s Class:



UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement

UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement


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