enrolled in Dr. Jessica Gisclair's honors section of Media Law and
Ethics course presented two significant mock trials for audiences
during the course of spring semester. The first was presented at
Elon University's Student Undergraduate Research Forum in April.
The second was staged in McEwen Studio B May 12.
The issue at
the May 12 trial was titled "Controversial Art v. the First Amendment."
and artist have debated about controversial art for decades," Gisclair
explained. "Lawmakers do not want to offend people by displaying
controversial art in public space. Artists are determined to fully
express themselves through their art without prior restraint or
censorship. This mock trial was aimed at attempting to resolve the
issue of whether the removal of controversial art or the refusal
to display controversial art is a violation of the First Amendment,
bringing forth arguments for both sides of this issue and offering
were Katie Beaver, Erica Choutka, Chrissy Kilgariff, Sally Lynch,
Annette Randall and Julie Smith.