First Amendment Institute
In the First Amendment Institute, a faculty of experts work with a select group of applicants to study the importance of our First Amendment. Participants explore the history and philosophical concepts protected by the First Amendment and how they relate to current issues.
Graduates of the program take the lead protecting our First Amendment freedoms as well as the right to access public information for future generations.
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The FAI faculty are selected for their national reputations as topic experts in First Amendment issues. All are veteran First Amendment teachers and scholars, and each is selected for their expertise in a precise area of the curriculum. The FAI faculty represent leading legal practices, law schools and journalism schools from across the nation, and represent more than 200 years of teaching experience.
Participation is made available for
all who apply for the program: however, the number of participants
each year is limited. Participants have included citizens
from a broad spectrum of interests including legal, broadcast
and print media, public relations, academic, government, business
and concerned citizens. Applications may be submitted by individuals
or sponsoring organizations.
First Amendment Institute meets for one week in the summer,
with daily class sessions devoted to the concentrated study
of the freedoms granted in the First Amendment: speech,
press, religion, assembly and petition.
completion of the program, graduates may become members of
the First Amendment Institute's alumni group, which provides
continuing education, networking and support.
Participants work with
a faculty of First Amendment experts in the areas of law,
journalism, civics and religion in order to explore the history,
philosophy, application and future of the First Amendment
and why it is important to our Freedom today. While lectures
and selected text readings are a part of the experience, guided
discussion and interaction play a vital part in the sessions
as well. Participants will receive curriculum materials featuring
selected faculty writings.
The First Amendment Institute
is an annual program of the FOIFT, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation
supported through grants and tax-deductible donations from
private citizens corporations and foundations. Institute tuition
requires an investment from the participants or their sponsors
A limited amount of scholarship money is available. Please
contact the FOIFT office
for more information.
If you are interested
in becoming a leader in the democratic process with a greater
understanding of our First Amendment rights, please e-mail FOIFT or call 512.377.1575.