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A Name Worth Fighting For: How Being Asian Got Me In Trouble

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Simon Tam, founder and bassist of The Slants, talks frankly about racism, his experiences as a musician, and how this Asian American dance rock band unintentionally revived a longstanding battle over trademarks and racial slurs. Tam will discuss how the nearly eight-year-long legal battle over the band’s name came about, their ultimate victory for free speech, as well as the unintended consequences the Supreme Court decision had for other civil rights legal organizations. A special concert will follow. Tam’s book, Slanted: How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble, will be published this spring.

Cosponsored By:

  • First Amendment Day Series
  • Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication
  • Iowa State Daily
  • Society of Professional Journalists – ISU Chapter
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Celebrate and learn more about your First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — during First Amendment Days, April 8-12, 2019. Now in its 17th year, Iowa State University’s First Amendment Days is the longest running continual First Amendment celebration at any U.S. university. It’s organized by the First Amendment Committee, which is made up of members from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, the Iowa State Daily Media Group and the Leo Mores Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Find more info online.