Free speech event held at UW-Eau Claire in honor of Constitution Day

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Monday is Constitution Day, so UW-Eau Claire is celebrating by teaching the community about its freedom of speech.

UW-Eau Claire faculty are teaching what is, and isn’t, protected by freedom of speech.

Political Science Professor Eric Kasper said there are some restrictions to your freedom of speech. For instance, you can’t say slanderous words and you can’t use intimidation.

Kasper said there’s also a lot of different kinds of speech that are protected by the first amendment that not everyone knows.

“Protects more than just pure speech, more than just the spoken words,” Kasper said. “It protects the written word, it protects symbolic speech, such as what one may do with a flag or something like that and it protects speech plus conduct – the right to be able to demonstrate to march, that sort of thing.”

Kasper said they will be discussing how people can use speech effectively and engage in legal protest.

There’s four panelists teaching different aspects of freedom of speech, and they will be answering questions at the end.

At the event they’ll be handing out copies of the constitution.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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