[box]Mary Beth Tinker, a plaintiff in the landmark 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case that set the legal standard for students’ First Amendment rights to free expression, will lecture at the Quinnipiac University School of Law on Tuesday, Nov. 12.[/box]

Mary Beth Tinker, a plaintiff in the landmark 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case that set the legal standard for students’ First Amendment rights to free expression, will discuss the current state of free speech and civics awareness among young people in America when she lectures in the Grand Courtroom of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, arose after Tinker and two other students were suspended from their Des Moines, Iowa schools for wearing black armbands to school to mourn Vietnam War casualties. The court upheld the students’ First Amendment rights to express themselves non-disruptively in public schools.

The event is part of the “Tinker Tour,” a nationwide civics education tour sponsored by the Student Press Law Center. Tinker’s partner on the tour is Mike Hiestand, an attorney and nationally known expert on legal issues affecting student media.

Tinker and Hiestand are traveling the country in a 29-foot recreational vehicle bearing a bright paint scheme celebrating the tour. Students and visitors can look for the Tinker Tour “bus” parked in a prominent location near the School of Law Center around the time of the event.

This event, sponsored by the School of Communications and School of Law, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 203-582-8652.

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