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Newseum Program Know Your Rights Exploring the 1st Amendment

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:25 pm    Post subject: Newseum Program Know Your Rights Exploring the 1st Amendment
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Newseum Program Nov. 28-Know Your Rights: Exploring the First Amendment: Freedom to Petition and Freedom to Assemble
Fri Nov 25, 8:00 AM ET


To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor, Feature Writer


Contact: Jean Caplanis, 703-284-3593, 540-533-1535 (cell), or Elizabeth Hurley, 703-284-3708, 703-861-5032 (cell), both of Newseum


News Advisory:


Know Your Rights: Exploring the First Amendment Freedom to Petition and Freedom to Assemble


WHEN: Monday, Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m.


WHAT: The importance of the rights to petition and assembly may not be appreciated by many, but these First Amendment guarantees have played a critical role in shaping the national identity. In a program presented by the Newseum and Smithsonian Associates, Ronald K.L. Collins, a scholar at the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center, will interview Sr. Judge Robert Carter, former general counsel for the NAACP. Carter's cases -- including Brown vs. Board of Education and NAACP v. Alabama -- established much of the modern interpretation of petition and assembly rights. The program also will feature Geoffrey Stone, professor and former dean of the University of Chicago Law School and author of the best-selling book Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from The Sedition Act of 1789 to The War on Terrorism.


WHO:


-- Sr. Judge Robert Carter, former general counsel for the NAACP


-- Geoffrey Stone, professor and former dean, University of Chicago Law School


-- Ronald K.L. Collins, scholar, Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center


WHERE: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr., S.W., Washington, D.C.


BACKGROUND:


For nearly a decade, State of the First Amendment surveys have shown petition and assembly to be the nation's least-recognized First Amendment liberties. In 2004, only one in 100 respondents could name the rights that have served as powerful tools in social and political change.


How did the rights to petition and assembly shape the civil rights movement, and how did the civil rights movement shape the modern understanding of petition and assembly? Sr. Judge Robert Carter will examine the historical significance of these First Amendment rights. During his 24 years as counsel to the NAACP (1944-1968), Carter argued and won 21 of 22 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Seven of those cases secured the right to association and political activity for civil rights groups threatened by disassembly following the Brown decision.


Must efforts to keep the public safe and efforts to protect civil liberties be mutually exclusive? Author Geoffrey Stone explores how the rights to petition and assemble are being used or challenged in post-9/11 America. Stone has been a member of the University of Chicago Law School faculty since 1973, teaching and writing primarily in areas of constitutional law and evidence. In his most recent book, Perilous Times, he examines the government's tendency to compromise civil liberties and First Amendment rights in times of war and political dissent.


"Freedom to Petition and Freedom to Assemble" is the fourth in a five-part series offered by the Newseum and the Smithsonian Associates titled "Know Your Rights: Exploring the First Amendment." Through the series, experts and professionals examine the five rights guaranteed by the First Amendment and the issues surrounding those rights today.


On Dec. 5, the Newseum and the Smithsonian Associates will present "Newsmania," the final program in the "Know Your Rights" series. Guests will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of current events and First Amendment rights. Members of the public wishing to subscribe to the series should call 202-357-3030.

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EDITOR'S NOTE:

Media who would like to cover this program are asked to contact Jean Caplanis via phone 703-284-3593 or 540-533-1535 or e-mail: jcaplanis@newseum.org .

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