Your Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities
The University is deeply committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive, just, and respectful learning community. The University of Illinois welcomes and encourages all of its students, faculty, and staff to embrace the marketplace of ideas as part of the educational experience. It is in this spirit that in 2008-09 the campus will sponsor a series of events that highlights the vital roles and meanings
of the First Amendment and Academic Freedom at the University of Illinois.
This program of activities has three goals:
- To broaden our understanding of the First Amendment. This includes both historical and contemporary analyses, and conversations about your rights to free speech and other freedoms granted by this amendment;
- To enhance awareness of the responsibilities that accompany these constitutional rights and freedoms, and;
To encourage students, faculty, and staff to use this understanding and awareness for personal and collective application on the campus and in everyday life.
Student Competition on the First Amendment
Undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all over campus were encouraged to participate in the first year's competition. Entries were accepted in the form of essay, digital video, painting, short story, poetry, plays or music (including musical representation) and could address goals of the series as outlined above. Sample themes included:
* Understanding of the First Amendment
* Role of the First Amendment in today’s society
* Role of the First Amendment in the university
* Examples of representations of First Amendment cases
Congratulations to the Winners
The following students were chosen and awarded for their submissions:
Awards for Overall; Graduate/Professional Student (2) - $250; Undergraduate (2) - $250; Honorable Mentions - $100.
All of the events are made possible by sponsorship from the Office of the Chancellor
2013 Award Recipients