For Immediate Release
October 5, 2007
Public Information Office
310 Owen Hall, Campus PO 1820
Asheville, NC 28804-8507
828/251-6526 - FAX: 828/251-6677
North Carolina Copy of the Bill of Rights on View at UNC Asheville
The Bill of Rights affects the
lives of every American in profound ways each day, but many have
never seen the actual document. Those in Western North Carolina
will have that opportunity when
The fragile parchment document will be on display a limited number of hours each day to prevent light damage. Free public viewings will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8; 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
A host of special events
have been planned while the Bill of Rights is on campus. On
Friday, Nov. 9, a lively 1700s period festival will lead up
to a keynote talk by North Carolina Supreme Court Associate
Justice Willis P. Whichard. The "
It is believed that the
historic document was taken from the North Carolina State
Capitol in 1865 during the Union occupation of
"There is history in every
In addition to the Bill of Rights exhibit, a number of speakers and panels will take place on campus. The public is invited to attend these free events.
-- UNC Asheville students will lead a panel discussion on "Freedom of Speech in the Internet Age" at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Mass Communication Chair Alan Hantz and University Associate Librarian Bryan Sinclair will moderate the discussion.
-- A panel of community experts representing a range of religious perspectives will discuss "Freedom of Religion in the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Rodger Payne, UNC Asheville Associate Professor of Religious Studies, will serve as moderator.
-- North Carolina Supreme Court
Associate Justice Willis P. Whichard will give a keynote address
on "The Right to a Jury Trial and Due Process" at 7 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 9, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Whichard, a
compelling speaker, began his career as a law clerk to Justice
William H. Bobbitt of the North Carolina Supreme Court and was a
practicing attorney with the
For more information, resources
for teachers and a complete schedule of events, click on
www.unca.edu/bill-of-rights/ or call UNC Asheville's
Public Information Office at 828/251-6526.
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