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Talk is Cheap. Free Speech Isn’t: Why the First Amendment Is Worth It – First Amendment Days 2018

Author: perkinsk

Paul Kix Public Lecture
First Amendment Days Series

First Amendment freedoms are vital to democracy in the United States. Paul Kix knows that. The deputy editor of *ESPN The Magazine*, just wrote a book about a daring French aristocrat who became a nightmare for the Germans during World War II. Fifteen years after helping with Iowa State University’s first celebration of the First Amendment, Kix is returning to Ames as the keynote speaker for the 16th-annual festivities. He will argue that 2018 is a critical year for celebrating and using these five freedoms and that universities must embrace all sorts of speech, not just messages that support consensus views.


[Paul Kix]( is an alum of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Since he graduated in 2003 Kix has written for such publications as the New Yorker, GQ, New York, Men’s Journal, and the Wall Street Journal.

His first book, The Saboteur, was just published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. It’s a nonfiction narrative based on the war exploits of Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a French aristocrat who became a Resistance leader during WWII, escaping three times from the Nazis, and gaining expertise from a secret band of British commandos on whom Ian Fleming based James Bond.


The First Amendment Days celebration is hosted by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State Daily Media Group and the Leo Mores chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.