First Amendment Week on the Simpson College Campus begins on Monday, celebrating the First Amendment of the United States Constitution awarding freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Simpson Professor Brian Steffen tells KNIA News one of the core curriculum priorities at Simpson College is to encourage civic engagement, not only with the students but with the community.

“We’re always looking for ways to better engage our student population and our community with issues of importance. As most people know, the First Amendment is among our most cherished rights but it’s also among our most controversial rights. So there is considerable disagreement, dispute, and debate going on in the culture at large about what freedom of speech is, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, petition, and assembly, what they all involve. So we are putting together a week of events designed to answer a lot of those questions.”

One of the highlights of First Amendment Week will be a Constitution Day Lecture by founding editor of the USA Today and President and CEO of the Freedom Forum Institute Gene Policinski. For more information, tune in to this In Depth with Dr. Bob Leonard.