First Amendment Day
Mark your calendar for September 29, 2015!
Each year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrates its First Amendment Day. This campus-wide, daylong event is designed to both celebrate the First Amendment and explore its role in the lives of Carolina students. Students and university community members read from banned books, sing controversial music and discuss the importance of each of the rights protected by the First Amendment. The Parr Center participates every year by bringing the UNC Ethics Bowl team to discuss the intersection of ethics with the First Amendment.
For the 2015 First Amendment Day, the UNC Ethics Bowl team will demonstrate a mock ethics bowl on How Should Public Schools Accommodate Transgender Students?
California has enacted legislation ensuring transgender students the same opportunity as all other students to participate in all school activities and programs. The statute, the first of its kind in the nation, requires schools to allow transgender students to use all facilities (including restrooms and locker rooms) that match their gender identity, rather than their sexual identity. In contrast, a bill proposed in Utah would require students either to use only the restroom that corresponds to their sexual identity (documented by a birth certificate or doctor’s examination) or to use a separate restroom set aside for transgender students that must be provided at a student’s request.
Team #1 is composed of:
- Brittany Leppert, a senior philosophy major
- Ellie Beck, a senior peace, war, and defense major
- Alex Martin, a junior biology and philosophy major
- Sky Jones, a senior geological sciences major
Team #2 is composed of:
- Tommy Savransky, a junior psychology and philosophy major
- Sri Sure, a junior philosophy major with minors in economics and mathematics
- Jake Feldkamp, a senior philosophy major
- Moriah Johnson, a senior biology and philosophy major
- Robert March, a junior mathematics major
The UNC Ethics Bowl Team is coached by Joshua Blanchard, a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy and the research assistant at the UNC Parr Center for Ethics.
For more information about First Amendment Day visit UNC Center for Media Law & Policy.