This week at the First Amendment Center

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tuesday, Sept. 25: The Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy will host a symposium on freedom of scientific information at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET, presented in partnership with the First Amendment Center.

The program is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Ashlie Hampton at 202/292-6288 or


Tuesday, Sept. 25: Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, will speak at the University of Louisiana in Monroe about the role of the First Amendment in contemporary society. His presentation is part of the university’s celebration of the 225th anniversary of the U. S. Constitution, which includes a First Amendment essay contest for high school students.


Thursday, Sept. 27: First Amendment Center Founder John Seigenthaler will host three events in Vanderbilt University’s 2012 Election Series, the first of which will be held this Thursday. Seigenthaler will discuss the election with Amy Walter, ABC News political director. The program will be held at the First Amendment Center in Nashville with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the event at 6 p.m.



Monday, Oct. 1: The First Amendment Center’s John Seigenthaler will host the program ‘Beyond wins & losses: citizen’s guide to 2012 presidential debates.’ The interactive discussion, a public program of the National Communication Association in partnership with the First Amendment Center, will be held in the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m. For more information, follow this link.


Tuesday, Oct. 2: Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, will deliver the keynote address on First Amendment Day at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He’ll discuss how a generational shift in news consumption — along with a digitally driven society — will reshape journalism, free expression and democracy.


Wednesday, Oct. 3: The First Amendment Center presents the 14th annual Freedom Sings concert at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. This year’s concert will celebrate “The Watergate Years,” 1972-‘74,  and feature performers including  Mark Volman of The Turtles, Walter Egan, Lari White, Gretchen Peters, Kim Richey, Bill Lloyd, Ashley Cleveland, Danny Flowers, Don Henry, Craig Krampf, Jonell Mosser, Jason White, Joseph Wooten, Gordon Kennedy, Rick Brantley, Barry Walsh and Dave Paulson. The show is at 9 p.m.

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