Clemson Student Media to hold Five Freedoms Festival
CLEMSON — Clemson University Student Media will host a Five Freedoms Festival Nov. 18 to 22 to celebrate and educate people about the five rights expressly guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Each day of the week will be dedicated to a different freedom: assembly, petition, speech, religion and press. Each day will involve an activity and/or speaker on campus showcasing these rights. All events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
Monday, Nov. 18, is dedicated to freedom of assembly. Students will be able to make signs showing their stance on any topic they choose in Schilletter Dining Hall. Capt. Eric Hendricks from the support services division of the Clemson University Police Department will speak on “When Cops and Crowds” collide at 7 p.m. in the Academic Success Center.
The students will celebrate freedom of petition Tuesday, Nov. 19. Students will be able to state their grievances and have them recorded by Clemson’s on-campus television station on the library bridge. Aga Skrodzka-Bates, an associate professor of English who specializes in film studies, will address the topic “Sign Here: Do Petitions Work?” at 7 p.m. at the Academic Success Center.
Freedom of speech will be recognized Wednesday, Nov. 20. Students will be given 60 seconds to say whatever they would like, provided that they do not engage in hate speech, in an open-mic setting on the library bridge.
On Thursday, Nov. 21, they will observe freedom of religion. A prayer wall will be available for students to write a short prayer or statement of what it means to be able to freely practice their religion. This activity will take place on the library bridge. Jonathan Beecher Field, an associate professor of English, and Peter Cohen, a lecturer from the philosophy and religion department, will discuss what it means to them to be able to personally practice or abstain from practicing religion. Their discussion, titled “Fearlessly Faithful,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Academic Success Center.
On Friday, Nov. 22, students will celebrate freedom of the press. Students will be able to make their own headlines and stories on a mock newspaper on the library bridge.
Throughout the week, The Tiger student newspaper will hold a silent auction that will include items such as an autographed sketch by President Barker and a football autographed by Dabo Swinney.
– Blake Bachara