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Ithaca College Observes Constitution Day with First Amendment Talk

 ITHACA, NY — Pioneering political blogger John Nichols will present “First Amendment Remedies: The Constitution as a Call to Action” at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Sept. 27. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Textor 102. It is part of the college’s observance of Constitution Day.

Since 1999 Nichols has written “The Beat,” a blog at the website of “The Nation” magazine, where he serves as its Washington correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. He also serves as editorial page editor of the “Capital Times” in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues.

“James Madison’s Constitution calls us to action for peace, economic justice and human values — not corporate values,” argues Nichols, who will use his talk to examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the challenge to historic understandings of our rights that is posed by the concept of “corporate personhood.” He will also discuss the constitutional underpinnings of the recent struggles in Wisconsin, Ohio, Maine and other states to defend labor rights and local democracy.

Nichols has authored or coauthored the books “The Genius of Impeachment,” “It’s the Media, Stupid!” “Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy” and “The Death and Life of American Journalism.” He is the cofounder of Free Press, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, national organization working to reform the media in the United States.

Constitution Day is an annual observance held nationwide to commemorate the September 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Ithaca College event is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Departments of Politics and Sociology, Legal Studies Program, L.I.P.S. (Labor Initiative in Promoting Solidarity) student organization and Park Center for Independent Media.