This Monday, September 17, is Constitution Day in the United States to observe and appreciate the signing of the Constitution on the same day in 1787. Bucks County Community College will be holding a panel the next day, September 18, to recognize the importance of the First Amendment.

Adopted into the Constitution as part of the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment guarantees the freedoms of religion, assembly, petition, and as the panel will focus on, the freedom of speech and of the press.

BCCC Political Science part-time Professor Bill Pezza will moderate the event, titled “The Challenges of a Free Press in a Democratic Society.” It will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Student Commons of the Epstein Campus in Bristol.

Bill Pezza teaches American History and Government and was name Person of the Year by Bristol Borough Learning Centers in 2017.

Speakers for the panel include:

  • Scott Bomboy, Editor-in-Chief, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
  • Shane Fitzgerald, Editor-in-Chief, Bucks County Courier Times
  • Phil Gianficaro, Columnist, the Intelligencer
  • James McGinnis, Reporter, Bucks County Courier Times
  • J.D. Mullane, Columnist, Bucks County Courier Times
  • Tom Sofield, Editor, Levittown Now