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March 2021

Ian Rosenberg: The Fight for Free Speech

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ian Rosenberg

Ian Rosenberg has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. A graduate of Cornell Law School, he is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms (NYU Press 2021). Join us for a live, online interview session between Ian and our board secretary and First Amendment expert Gene Policinski.…

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Bettye Kearse & Eduardo Montes-Bradley: Screening of The Other Madisons

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bettye Kearse

Join us as we present a special screening of "The Other Madisons" with a Q&A afterward with author Bettye Kearse and filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley. This documentary film by Montes-Bradley is based on the memoir The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family by Kearse. Both the book and the film chronicle Kearse's family credo which was passed down for 200 years: “Always remember—you’re a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president." The film (approximately 38…

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April 2021

Chet Lunner presents Fake News, the First Amendment, and the State of American Media

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
chet lunner

Former Maine newspaper editor Chet Lunner brings a unique, 360-degree perspective of current affairs and “fake news” as a veteran journalist, 9/11 government spokesman and crisis communications expert. We’ll look at the history and impact of misinformation, how Maine’s founders predicted the dangers of “alternative facts,” and some solutions that anyone can employ. Lunner was the senior editor at the Journal-Tribune in Biddeford-Saco; the Portland Evening Express, and the Kennebec Journal in Augusta before becoming a national news correspondent for Gannett News Service and USA Today in Washington, D.C., where…

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