Talk Is Cheap, Free Speech Isn’t: Why the First Amendment Is Worth It

Paul Kix

Thursday, 12 Apr 2018 at 8:00 pm – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building

First Amendment freedoms are vital to democracy in the United States. Paul Kix knows that. The deputy editor of ESPN, The Magazine, just wrote a book about a daring French aristocrat who became a nightmare for the Germans during World War II. Fifteen years after helping with Iowa State’s first celebration of the First Amendment, Kix returns to Ames for the 16th-annual festivities. Kix will discuss why 2018 is a critical year for celebrating and using these five freedoms and that universities must embrace all sorts of speech, not just messages that support consensus views. First Amendment Days
Paul Kix is an alum of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Since he graduated in 2003 Kix has written for such publications as the New Yorker, GQ, New York, Men’s Journal, and the Wall Street Journal.

His first book, The Saboteur, was just published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. It’s a nonfiction narrative based on the war exploits of Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a French aristocrat who became a Resistance leader during WWII, escaping three times from the Nazis, and gaining expertise from a secret band of British commandos on whom Ian Fleming based James Bond.

Cosponsored By:
  • First Amendment Day Planning Committee
  • Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication
  • Iowa State Daily
  • Society of Professional Journalists - ISU Chapter
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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