Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Deliberation- Where Do You Draw the Line?

Where Do You Draw the Line?

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) discusses the challenges for university administrators in determining whether or not controversial speakers should be permitted.

Description

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) discusses the challenges for university administrators in determining whether or not controversial speakers should be permitted.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Under what circumstances does Senator Durbin say speech SHOULD NOT be able to be stopped? Under what circumstances does Senator Durbin say speech SHOULD be able to be stopped?
  • What does Senator Durbin cite as a complicating factor for university presidents in ten states?
  • How does Richard Cohen respond to Senator Durbin’s remarks? How does Floyd Abrams respond? How does Frederick Lawrence respond?
  • Rank the four speakers in this clip from most to least persuasive in terms of their arguments and indicate why you selected those rankings.

Participants

Vocabulary

  • 1st Amendment
  • Freedom Of Speech
  • Threats

Topics

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh School