This week at the First Amendment Center

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Monday, Oct. 15: First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson will be awarded the 2012 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism by the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.  While in Columbia, Ken will also conduct a master class titled “The Digital First Amendment: Free speech in the age of social media.”

Tuesday, Oct. 16: John Seigenthaler will discuss the upcoming election with Fred Davis, media strategist for George W. Bush and John McCain. 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. The event is the second in a 2012 Election Series co-hosted by the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilt University.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: The First Amendment Center, Tennessee Bar Association and Lipscomb University are sponsoring a public forum on the tensions between free speech and civility at 6 p.m. at the university’s Ezell Center. The panel includes Lyle Reid, retired chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, and Frank Sutherland, former editor of The Tennessean. After the discussion, audience members will be invited to ask questions and stay to watch a broadcast of the presidential debate at 8 p.m. For more information, please follow this link.

Thursday, Oct. 18: The Religious Freedom Education Project and WETA will host the premiere of “First Freedom,” a PBS documentary. Charles Haynes will participate in a panel discussion with historians Doug Brinkley and Jon Butler following the 7 p.m. screening in the Annenberg Theater at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, Oct. 18: John Seigenthaler will host a conversation with Jon Meacham, vice president of Random House and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The 6 p.m. event, with a 5:30 p.m. reception, is the final program in Vanderbilt University’s 2012 Election Series at the First Amendment Center in Nashville. Post-event coverage


Monday, Oct. 22: First Amendment Center Executive Director Gene Policinski and Nashville musicians will travel to Bowling Green to perform “Freedom Sings: Music that Matters” at 6:30 p.m. in Western Kentucky University’s Van Meter Hall. For more information, please follow this link.

Friday, Oct. 26: John Seigenthaler will interview author Margaret Atwood for his WNPT program, “A Word on Words.”   

Saturday, Oct. 27: First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson will be the keynote speaker at the New Mexico Press Association conference in Albuquerque.