In recognition of Constitution Day the featured panel will discuss current issues related to free speech, political discourse, race, sexuality, and the press. They will examine how the U.S. Constitution addresses the civil liberties related to these important issues that we believe constitute the core of U.S. citizenship. An engaged citizen is a one who can freely participate in political discourse and question the actions of her government without fear for safety. Yet, as our panelists will discuss, these fears of being silenced or marginalized remain all too prevalent in our society because of current jurisprudential attitudes toward hate speech, the press, and the right to privacy that protects our individual choices relating to our own body. Our constitutional civil liberties serve as the fundamental legal guaranties that enable us to continue to be engaged in an open, free, and democratic society. These liberties, as our panelists will demonstrate, are under attack. This event will ask what we as a nation are obligated to do in order to protect these fundamental freedoms from anti-democratic and extra-constitutional sociopolitical forces.