State of First Amendment conference

Thursday, November 20, 1997

Location:The Freedom Forum World Center
Rooftop Conference Center
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Continental breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.Welcome and introductions
Peter S. Prichard, President, The Freedom Forum
Paul McMasters, The Freedom Forum
9:10 – 9:30 a.m.Presentation: State of the First Amendment
Donna Demac, fellow, The Freedom Forum
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.Presentations: Speech on the Fringe
Violence: Marjorie Heins, ACLU
Hate speech: Ronald K.L. Collins, writer, Constitutional scholar
Pornography: Joan Bertin, National Coalition Against Censorship
Flag desecration: Elliot Mincberg, People For the American Way
Moderator: Robert O’Neil, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
11:10 a.m. – NoonPresentation and discussion: The Freedom Forum Poll
Ken Dautrich, University of Connecticut
Bob Wyatt, Middle Tennessee State University
Moderator: Larry McGill, The Freedom Forum
Noon – 12:15 p.m.Break and reception
12:15 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 1:45 p.m.Welcome: Charles Overby, chairman, The Freedom Forum
Introduction of program: Paul McMasters, The Freedom Forum
“The Trashman’s Triumph: Taking Principle to the Supreme Court”
Keen Umbehr, Kansas trash hauler who won Supreme Court case
Robert Van Kirk, lawyer in Board of County Commissioners v. Umbehr
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Institutions Under Fire
Press: Sanford Ungar, American University
Art: Amy Adler, New York University
Religion: Charles Haynes, The Freedom Forum
Moderator: Ken Paulson, The Freedom Forum
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.The Medium is the Target
Television: Robert Corn-Revere, Hogan and Hartson
The Internet: Ann Beeson, ACLU
Videos: Chris Finan, Media Coalition
Moderator: Adam Clayton Powell III, The Freedom Forum
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.As the First Amendment Evolves
Presentation: Robert Peck, Author, Constitutional lawyer
Moderator: Paul McMasters, The Freedom Forum
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.Concluding remarks
Paul McMasters, The Freedom Forum
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.Reception

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