This week at the First Amendment Center

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday, Oct. 1: The First Amendment Center’s Gene Policinski 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.


Friday, Oct. 5: Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project, will participate in a panel discussion titled “Whose First Amendment?” at the 2012 Religion Newswriters Association conference. The panel — which also includes Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and Anthony Picarello, general counsel, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — will focus on controversial current issues involving religion and religious liberty in America.

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