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CSULB Celebrates Constitution Day with Focus on First Amendment

In celebration of Constitution Day, Craig Smith, CSU faculty trustee and director of CSULB’s Center for First Amendment Studies, will discuss the foundations of the First Amendment from the ratification of the Constitution to the ratification of the Bill of Rights on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 150.

Smith, who also serves as chair of the Film and Electronic Arts Department, is the author of more than a dozen books and more 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, many on the First Amendment. Three major studies focus on the First Amendment: “The Four Freedoms of the First Amendment,” “Freedom of Expression and Partisan Politics” and "Silencing the Opposition: Government Strategies of Suppression."

Smith has served as a consultant to CBS News for convention, election night and inaugural coverage and as a speechwriter for presidents and business leaders. He regularly publishes editorials on the subject of freedom of expression in such leading newspapers as the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. For more information, please visit the Center for First Amendment Studies. 

Constitution Day is a federal holiday commemorating the day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed.

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