Special Program: Celebrating the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2011
Location: Knight TV Studio


To commemorate the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the Newseum hosted a daylong conference for educators on how to use social media to teach about freedom of expression.

The event was webcast to teachers nationwide. Programs and events included:

"The Bill of Rights: A Musical Celebration"
Composer Neely Bruce presents his choral composition "The Bill of Rights," performed by Festival Harmony.

Panel discussion: "Future of the First Amendment"
An exploration of the Knight Foundation's study on the future of the First Amendment and the role of social media in shaping young people's sense of First Amendment principles.


  • Ken Dautrich, associate professor, University of Connecticut
  • Mark Goodman, Knight chair in scholastic journalism, Kent State University
  • Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism and media innovation
  • Barbara McCormack, director of education, Newseum


  • Ken Paulson, president, First Amendment Center; president, American Society of News Editors

Release of the teacher's guide "Using Social Media to Teach about the First Amendment"


  • Melissa Wantz, educator and author of the teacher's guide
  • David Hudson, First Amendment Center scholar


  • Gene Policinski, senior vice president, First Amendment Center

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the First Amendment Center, and 1 for All were sponsors of the event. .

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First Amendment Center
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