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Nov. 12

Online discussion site NewTalk ( will host a three-day conversation about restoring order and respect in public schools. What are students learning in schools plagued by chronic disrespect, disorder, and disregard for the authority of educators? Why do schools tolerate classroom disorder? How should schools respond to chronically misbehaving students and to their parents? Over the course of the three-day discussion, these and other questions will be addressed by a panel of education-policy experts, including:

  • Jean Johnson, Public Agenda
  • Jonathan Cohen, Center for Social and Emotional Education
  • Richard Arum, New York University Steinhard School of Education
  • Josh Phillips, Uncommon Schools
  • Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center
  • Jeff Abbott, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Contact: Jessie duPont, Goodman Media International,, 212/576-2700 x223.

Nov. 12
”The Wondrous World of the First Amendment: An Encyclopedic Look”
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., 8th Floor (6th Street entrance, Rooms 802-806)

Book:Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (2008), editors John Vile, David L. Hudson Jr., and David Schultz.

Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director, First Amendment Center

Judge Michael McConnell, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Robert M. O’Neil, director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

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Other events

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.

Topics of Our Times: First Amendment Center Events
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 8th Floor (6th Street entrance, 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 profiled.

Join us for rich conversation conducted at a unique forum.

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