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April 27

“Freedom Sings,” an evening celebrating the power of free speech in music and honoring the career of Mary Chapin Carpenter.

7:30 p.m.
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Carpenter will receive the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech in Music Award from the Newseum’s First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association. The award recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech through their music and other efforts. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, Judy Collins, Charlie Daniels and Steve Earle.

“Freedom Sings” will include a conversation with Carpenter about her music and career, and will feature guest musical performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Judy Collins and Rodney Crowell.

Tickets for the performance are $25 ($20 for Newseum and Americana Music Association members) and are on sale now at and at the Newseum’s ticket desk.

April 30

Washington premiere: "Chaplains Under Fire"
7:30 p.m.
Knight Conference Center, Level 7 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Religious Freedom Education Project will host the Washington, D.C., premiere of "Chaplains Under Fire," an independent documentary that examines the lives and work of military chaplains and the church-state tensions at the heart of the chaplaincy.

In 2007, filmmakers Lee Lawrence and Terry Nickelson spent three months in Afghanistan and Iraq examining the world of military chaplains through the lens of the troops they serve in combat and the controversies they trigger at home and on the battlefield.

Lawrence and Nickelson will answer audience questions at the conclusion of the 94-minute film. They will be joined by film editor Andrea Hull, military chaplain Ben Sandford, and Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is on a space-available basis.

Reserve your seat by contacting Ashlie Hampton at 202/292-6288 or Participants must enter through the Freedom Forum and 6th Street entrance.

Sept. 28

"God in America"
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

All-day symposium on religious literacy and religious liberty in the United States, including the release of a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll on religious literacy in America. In the evening, a preview screening of "God in America," a series produced by WGBH Boston to be aired on PBS in October.

Oct. 26

Faith, Politics & Press in Our Perilous Times: An examination of how the media covers religion in a post-9/11 world
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Participants in the program include Steve Burgard, Northwestern University; Phil Bennett, Duke University; Debra Mason, Religion Newswriters Association; and Ben Hubbard, California State Fullerton.

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