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More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment

Event date: 10/1/2019 5:40 PM - 7:40 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Controversial speech, inflammatory cartoons, edgy social media posts -- for more than 200 years, First Amendment issues have influenced art and civic life. Join us at 5:45 p.m. to hear historian Christian McWhirter discuss the free-speech issues that Abraham Lincoln faced. Then at 6:15, watch a panel discussion on freedom of speech and expression. Moderated by former WGN anchor Robert Jordan, “More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment” will feature the diverse perspectives of artists, journalists, historians, librarians, legal professionals, and civic leaders. 

Opening Remarks
Elissa Tenny, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Andrea Telli, Commissioner, Chicago Public Library

Keynote Address
David Hiller, President, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert Jordan, former WGN-TV News Anchor and Journalist

Jeremy Biles, assistant professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Colleen K. Connell, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
Jamie Kalven, journalist, human rights activist, and executive director, Invisible Institute
David Kohn, executive director of public affairs, Union League Club of Chicago
Diana Brawley Sussman, director, Carbondale Public Library

This free event, a livestream of a discussion at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, is offered in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association. It takes place in the ALPLM's library building, 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield.

Free event; reservations are not required. More information can be found here.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701 (Map)

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