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Welcome to the Keller Center

The Keller Center for the Study of First Amendment is part of the Political Science Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The Center was endowed in 1993 by LeRoy "Lee" Keller, Vice President and General Manager of UPI’s International Service and a CU graduate.

Professor David R. Mapel is Director of the Keller Center.




The Dalton Trumbo Fountain (map)

Named for the blacklisted author and CU alumnus who stood up to Joe
McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947.

The Center's Mission

The Keller Center supports and encourages teaching, research and community outreach on topics and issues relating to the nature, meaning, and contemporary standing of First Amendment rights and liberties. Through undergraduate classes, public events, and scholarly conferences, the Center seeks to educate students, faculty and the community about the protections of free speech, press, association and religion under the First Amendment. The Keller Center also seeks to inform the public about the historical, legal and philosophical foundations of First Amendment rights and about contemporary threats to those liberties.

"I am the only Democrat, the only liberal, and the only atheist in my family. I want the Keller Center to work to make it easier for others to pursue their individual beliefs, as I have been able to do all my life."

  • LeRoy "Lee" Keller (CU '29)






  • Ketchum Arts and Sciences (map)

    CU's Political Science Department, which includes the Keller Center,
    is housed in the Ketchum Building (shown here).


    University of Colorado at Boulder The LeRoy Keller Center
    333 UCB  |  Boulder, CO 80309-0333  |  Phone: 303-492-6662
    Email: mapel@colorado.edu