Sage Library + Learning Commons At Antioch University Santa Barbara Opens With “The Crucial First Draft Of The Federal Bill Of Rights”

Antioch University Santa Barbara in conjunction with SAGE Publications and the Miller-McCune Center for Media, Research, and Public Policy is inaugurating its SAGE Library & Learning Commons. The launch features the first-ever display of one of the first printings of James Madison’s proposed amendments to the Constitution that became the Bill of Rights. This historic document is on loan from the private collection of Sara Miller-McCune.

Madison’s speech was reprinted in full in the New-York Daily Gazette on June 13, 1789, and this is the only known copy in existence. Published only five days after Madison made his historic presentation to Congress, the Gazette not only “scooped” the official congressional journal of the proceedings, it provided a way for the people of the newly established United States of America to learn of Madison’s proposals.

Fittingly, SAGE Publication, the Miller-McCune Center for Media, Research, and Public Policy, and AUSB will unveil the historic document in celebration of Bill of Rights Day. On December 5th, invited guests will hear George Freeman, retired vice president and assistant general counsel of the New York Times Company, speak on “Defending the First Amendment: From the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks.” Mr. Freeman is a frequent lecturer and panel moderator of panels on First Amendment issues.

The unveiling, reception, and public exhibit will also serve to celebrate the dedication of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s SAGE Library & Learning Commons. Educational best practices contributed to the design of this flexible space, which allows individuals, small groups, and classes to access the entire virtual world of learning. Here, one will find reference and other digital materials, databases, remote and on-campus student-generated content, as well as social networking software that supports bi-directional information flow among faculty and students. The SAGE Library & Learning Commons provides an inspiring and contemplative environment for both students and faculty.

The public will have the opportunity to view this important historic document and a recording of Mr. Freeman’s presentation free of charge at the AUSB’s campus at 602 Anacapa Street, December 6-21, Monday through Friday, noon to 6 pm.

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