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You Can't Say That!: What Does the U.S. Constitution Protect in Terms of Free Speech?



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


VCU Libraries hosts a Constitution Day program: Historian John Kneebone, Ph.D., and political scientist Aughenbaugh, Ph.D., discuss how freedom of speech has been defined historically and how the polarization of public opinion can incite violent response.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For more information, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-2951.

About the Speakers

John T. Kneebone, Ph.D., is the department chair and associate professor for twentieth-century U.S. History of the VCU department of History. He was the director of the Virginia Colonial Records Project at the Library of Virginia and a senior editor of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography project. 

John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of the VCU department of Political Science. Prior to coming to VCU, Aughenbaugh was an administrator at Virginia Tech, working as associate director of Virginia Tech’s Richmond Center and as an economic and community development specialist in the Office of Economic Development.

Image: U.S. Constitution


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