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January 2021

Michael Meyerson: From the Constitution to COVID: Religious Freedom in America

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at 7 pm EST as we speak to Micheal Meyerson for his presentation “From the Constitution to COVID: Religious Freedom in America." Meyerson is a Professor of Law and the Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow at the University of Baltimore, specializing in constitutional law and American legal history. As the author of Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America (Yale University Press, 2012), Meyerson has also written three other books and…

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Ryan M. Jones: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream Deferred to a Nightmare

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Topic: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream Deferred to a Nightmare Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89798325701 Meeting ID: 897 9832 5701 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most prolific and honorable leaders for all time. He is also one of the most complex. In August 1963, Dr. King was at the height of his popularity with his fight to end racial discrimination in the United States…

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February 2021

Regie Gibson presents To Make a Poet Black: Notes from a Literary-Musician

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Regie Gibson

In this hybrid of lecture & performance, Regie Gibson explores the creative power of speech in the modern Black spoken-word tradition.  Literaryperformer, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S. in Italy, Regie competed for & received both the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone & The Europa in Versi Award in LaGuardia di Como. He’s a Brother Thomas Fellow & has received two Live Arts Boston Grants to develop his first play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae in which he intersects…

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Hasan Jeffries presents Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: African Americans’ Struggle to Live Their Freedoms

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hasan Jeffries

Join us as we speak to Hasan Kwame Jeffries for his presentation "Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: African Americans' Struggle to Live Their Freedoms." Hasan Kwame Jeffries is an associate professor of history at The Ohio State University where he’s taught graduate and undergraduate seminars on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, and surveys in African American and American history. He’s the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt and is…

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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
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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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Kate Dempsey presents Speaking Up for Nature: Thoughts on Conservation and the First Amendment

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kate Dempsey

Join us as The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Maine State Director Kate Dempsey discusses the intersection of the First Amendment and conservation. She will talk about TNC’s founding by Rachel Carson, share her own experience working as a community activist and Congressional aide, and look to where this important movement is headed. This event will be hosted both via Zoom and Facebook Live. Participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of Dempsey’s presentation. Zoom pre-registration required. Register here.…

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May 2021

Kate McBrien presents Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kate McBrien - Malaga Island

This 40-minute presentation and discussion explores the true history of the community who lived on Malaga Island, off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine, in the late 1800s. The program examines the individuals who were part of this community and the state’s actions to evict them from their homes through the complex history of racism and eugenics in Maine. Kate McBrien currently serves as Maine State Archivist. As curator of the award-winning exhibition “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives”, Kate is also an historian for…

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