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Chiesman Foundation presents First Amendment speaker

David L. Hudson, Jr.

David L. Hudson, Jr., a scholar of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, will present “The First Amendment: Continuing Controversies and Classic Values” at Black Hills State University Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.

Hudson, who received his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School, now teaches First Amendment courses at Vanderbilt and the Nashville School of Law. He writes and speaks extensively on a variety of free-expression issues and regularly contributes stories to the First Amendment Center Online -

Hudson has authored or co-authored more than 22 books, including The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book, The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy, and The Silencing of Student Voices: Preserving Free Speech in America’s Schools. He is one of the three editors of the award-winning Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, a two-volume set published by CQ Press.

This event, sponsored by the BHSU Chiesman Foundation for Democracy, is open to the public at no charge. The Chiesman Foundation was created in honor of Allene Chiesman after she gave a gift of money to the university to promote civic education for BHSU faculty and students with special emphasis and attention to broadening awareness of democratic ideals and the significance of citizenship.

For additional information contact Dr. Timothy Molseed, acting chair of the BHSU Chiesman Foundation, at 642-6131 or

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