This fall I'm teaching a new course at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco. It's called From the Horse's Mouth: First Amendment Good Reads. The students are reading the key First Amendment opinions and so getting what the judicial authors say "from the horse's mouth," not filtered through some textbook or lecturer. It's an experiment, but as Holmes said in Abrams, "all life is an experiment."
My lectures this Spring are on YouTube and UC Berkeley's Webcasts as well as iTunesU (audio only). Here's the link to the Webcast of the Citizens United lecture: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/playlist#c,s,All,-XXv-cvA_iDjfIrqf58s-BzpBoBXaaEN
Today I gave a talk to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, including some of the most prominent lawyers in the state. My talk was on Getting Judges to Do the Right Thing. I followed on the program California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.
I started my course at UC Berkeley today, Freedom of Speech and the Press. Looks like about 140 students. Cal records the lectures and posts them on YouTube. Here's the link to today's introductory class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dvAuk8tU9A&list=PL-XXv-cvA_iDjfIrqf58s-BzpBoBXaaEN&index=1
This fall I'm teaching a new course at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco. It's "Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century." It examines the major free speech issues that the U.S. Supreme Court has addressed, or will address, in this century. Included are Citizens United, the peculiar cases involving lying about receiving the Medal of Honor, "crush videos" and violent video games, terrorist speech and national security, political protests and the Occupy movement, FCC regulation of broadcast "indecency," and online speech. Mondays at 10:00.
On April 8, I was a guest on KGO Newstalk radio in San Francisco, discussing the Alvarez "Stolen Valor Act" case with host Pat Thurston. Here's the link: http://vaca.bayradio.com/kgo_archives/kgo_player.php?day=0&hour=19
I just learned that my Media Studies lectures this semester are available as podcasts on iTunesU. Here's the link: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/media-studies-104a-001-spring/id496103136
On March 15 I received the 2012 Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, at its annual James Madison Freedom of Information banquet. Here's what SPJ said in the announcement:
William Bennett Turner is a legend. He has been instrumental in overhauling conditions in the Texas prison system; argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (including two First Amendment cases); taught at Harvard Law School; founded a civil rights law firm; published more than 40 articles in law reviews and the popular press; served as legal correspondent to KQED; and taught First Amendment law at UC Berkeley for more than 25 years. So it should come as no surprise that when Turner recently retired from practicing law, he published the highly-acclaimed book “Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains,” which was released last year. Turner continues to teach at Berkeley, where he inspires new generations of students to live up to his stellar example.
I was one of the authors honored at the annual Authors Dinner held by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation on February 11. I was in good company, with Belva Davis, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joel Brinkley, Jennifer Granholm, Ismael Reed, and others. Their web site is bplf.org.
The University of California is webcasting all my lectures for this semester's course on Freedom of Speech and the Press. The course is Media Studies 104A. The Cal webcast site is http://webcast.berkeley.edu.
List of Appearances