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Virtual Screening: Battleground

November 3 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Battleground is an intimate look at our current political divide, as seen through the eyes of two grassroots activists in the pivot counties of the Lehigh Valley, PA.

Tom Carroll is a Trump delegate, and a Tea Party Chairman. Greg Edwards is a Black pastor, and a progressive leader supported by Bernie Sanders.

When their paths collide, we realize that they have much more in common than meets the eye.

Directed by Hemal Trivedi and Jonah Markowitz

US | 56 min. | 2020 | English

Free

First Amendment Museum

207-557-2290

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Offline Repression is Replicated Online: Content Moderation and Government Repression

September 29 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Jillian C. York will discuss her book, Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism (published with Verso Books in 2021).

Who decides what is permissible on the internet: Politicians? Mark Zuckerberg? Users? Who determines when political debate becomes hate speech? How does this impact our identity or our ability to create communities and to protest? Silicon Values reports on the war for digital rights and how major corporations—Facebook, Twitter, Google and Tiktok—threaten democracy as they harvest our personal data in the pursuit of profit.

York will discuss the current tensions related to content moderation and free expression online.

Courtesy of VampKitty/Nadine Barišić.

About Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist whose work examines the impact of technology on our societal and cultural values. Based in Berlin, she is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina, a visiting professor at the College of Europe Natolin, and the author of Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism.

Free

First Amendment Museum

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Mary McLeod Bethune and the Necessity of Black Women’s Leadership

February 28 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Free
Mary McLeod Bethune

First Amendment Speaker Series presents Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston, author, curator, and Assistant Professor of History at Howard University. She is the author of Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State.

Mary McLeod Bethune was often called the “First Lady of Negro America,” but she made significant contributions to the political climate of Florida as well. From the founding of the Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls in 1904, Bethune galvanized African American women for change. She created an environment in Daytona Beach that, despite racial tension throughout the state, allowed Jackie Robinson to begin his journey to integrating Major League Baseball less than two miles away from her school. Today, her legacy lives through a number of institutions, including Bethune-Cookman University and the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation National Historic Landmark. Historian Ashley Robertson Preston explores the life, leadership, and amazing contributions of this dynamic activist.

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About Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston

Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston is an author, curator, and Assistant Professor of History at Howard University. 

Her past positions include serving as director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation-National Historic Landmark at Bethune-Cookman University while she also was an archives technician for the National Archives for Black Women’s History at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House-National Historic Site.

She is the author of Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State which examines how the educator rose to prominence while fighting for equality at the height of racial unrest in the state

Dr. Preston’s research interests focus on the activism of Black women during the early twentieth century and the ways in which they uplifted their communities, created institutions, and stood against systemic racism. 

First Amendment Museum

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