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Topics of Our Times: First Amendment Center Events
5:30 - 7
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 8th Floor (Rooms 802-806)
The First Amendment Center, in conjunction with the Newseum, hosts a
series of First Amendment-related evening events, including book events. Many of
the most timely and controversial topics of our times are discussed by some of
the leading authorities in the nation. New and forthcoming books will also be
Join us for rich conversation conducted at a unique forum.
FALL SERIESSept. 8
“Same-Sex Marriage and Religious
What kind of religious freedom conflicts are likely to emerge if society
embraces same-sex marriage? A redefinition of marriage would affect a host of
laws involving marital status and legal rights. These laws, in turn, regulate a
host of religious institutions. When, if ever, should claims of religious
liberty prevail over claims of sexual liberty?
Book: Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts, by
Picarello, et al., general counsel, United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops, & Douglas
Laycock, Alice McKean Young Regents Chair Emeritus Professor of Law,
University of Michigan
Feldblum, professor of law, Georgetown University
Turley, professor of law, George Washington Law Center
Wilson, professor of law, Washington & Lee University
Aug. 15 – Dec. 31
"Banned and recovered: Artists respond to censorship"
An exhibition at two venues
More than 60 artists interpret banned or challenged books in their chosen medium in response to the suppression of literary art.
Exhibit: San Francisco Center for the Book, Aug. 15-Nov. 26, 2008
300 De Haro St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Gallery hours Mon.-Fri., 10-5; Sat. 12-4
Public reception: Fri., Aug.15, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit: African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Sep. 5-Dec. 31
659 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Gallery hours Tues.-Sat., 12-5:30
Public reception: Fri., Sep. 5, 6-8 p.m.
“The Flag, the Media & the First Amendment”
Book: Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance: The News Media & Michael
Newdow’s Constitutional Challenge, by Ronald Bishop, Drexel University
Department of Culture & Communication
Moderator: Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
Judge Alfred Goodwin, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
David Savage, Los Angeles Times
Ronald Bishop, author
“Free Speech, Human Dignity & Contemporary
How should the free-speech principle operate when it comes to protests at
military funerals, invasions of privacy, hate speech, and the like?
Book: Free Speech & Human Dignity,by Steven H. Heyman,
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Moderator: Ronald Collins, First Amendment Center
Lee Levine, First Amendment lawyer, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz
Paul M. Smith, First Amendment lawyer, Jenner & Block
Steven H. Heyman, author
“The Federalist Papers & the Future of Liberty in
What do the lessons of the Founding period tell us about protecting free
speech in modern America?
Book: Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison & Hamilton Wrote The Federalist
Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World, by
Michael I. Meyerson, University of Baltimore, School of Law
Moderator: Stephen Vladeck, American University, Washington College of
David O. Stewart, lawyer and author of The Summer of 1787: The Men Who
Invented the Constitution (2007)
Louis Fisher, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress and author
of The Constitution and 9/11 (2008, forthcoming)
Michael Meyerson, author
Topics of Our Times: "Living with our deepest differences:
Religious liberty, civility and the future of America"
Newseum, 8th Floor, Rooms 802-806 (use 6th Street entrance)
Book: The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It, by Os
Guinness, former executive director, Williamsburg Charter Foundation
Moderator: Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center
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