The First Amendment to the United States Constitution—terse in its wording, profound in its impact, sits at the heart of the American conception of freedom. This event will explain the basics of the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association found in the First Amendment. In so doing we will explore the evolving tests, standards, and approaches found in past decisions of the United States Supreme Court.  We’ll also consider how the current Court’s recent and pending decisions may affect this crucial area.