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The First Amendment in the 21st Century: 
Reinvigorating Old Rights for New Times


THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, NEWSEUM, PENNSYLVANIA AVE, WASHINGTON, DC

In Europe and America, liberty is not in good shape. Hate-speech laws continue to proliferate; universities are beset by campus speech codes; the religious are told that their faith is discriminatory; and the press is besieged by the easily offended. Fundamental freedoms are everywhere under threat.

spiked is not prepared to take the assault on our freedoms lying down. So, on Thursday October 15, in Washington, DC, we are holding a special, half-day conference on liberty, consisting of three lively and provocative discussions. In partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom and supported by the Acton Institute, each session will explore the troubles afflicting core First Amendment freedoms – speech, press and religion.

The event will be hosted at the Newseum Institute from 1pm to 4.30pm, with a drinks reception from 4.30pm until 6pm.

The conference is free and open to all. Reserve your tickets here.

Is the First Amendment Enough? 
The Crisis of Freedom on Campuses and Beyond

The First Amendment secures freedom of speech as a legal right. But in a time when people are silenced by Twittermobs, campus campaigners and PR-wary companies, rather than by the state, is the First Amendment enough? In this session, four leading thinkers will explore the threats to free speech that the law can't protect us from.

1.15-2.15pm



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Nick Gillespie Editor-in-chief, Reason.com

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Greg Lukianoff President, FIRE

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David L Hudson Jr First Amendment ombudsman, Newseum

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Jeffrey Rosen president, National Constitution Center

Press Freedom After Charlie Hebdo: Should there be any Limits to Offensiveness?

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, is the press being silenced by the easily offended? What are the different threats to press freedom in the US and Europe? And how can we grapple with them? In this session, two no-holds-barred editors will offer a restatement of the value of press freedom today.

2.30-3.15pm

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Brendan O'Neill Editor, spiked

Freedom of Religion: The Forgotten Liberty?

From European pastors being arrested for preaching fire and brimstone in their own pulpits to US campaigners calling for restrictions on freedom of conscience, religious freedom is under threat. But should the religious really be free to discriminate? This session will explore the new attacks on freedom of faith.

3.30-4.30pm

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Wendy Kaminer lawyer and social critic

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Edwina Rogers CEO, Secular Policy Institute

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Rev Robert A Sirico co-founder, Acton Institute

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Gregory S Baylor senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Comment, analysis and more…

A collection of articles, podcasts and interviews exploring freedom of speech, press freedom and freedom of religion.

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How censorship divides us

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Can religious freedom survive gay marriage?

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Reinvigorating the spirit of the First Amendment

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We must be free to hurt Muslim’s feelings

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Five new threats to free speech today

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How egalitarianism became racist

Time and Location

1pm - 4.30pm

Thursday October 15, 2015

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington
DC 20001

Reserve your tickets here.

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