Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers Revisited

The two-day symposium was co-sponsored by Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, included a public conversation between Daniel Ellsberg and Sanford J. Ungar, director of the Free Speech Project.

The conference also featured three panels on the legal legacy of the Pentagon Papers case; the paradigm shift it brought about in government-media relations on national security matters; and the climate today, in the fast-paced internet era, for the publication of classified government information.

Feb. 16 and 17, 2017, in the Intercultural Center Auditorium and the Copley Formal Lounge.

Keynote Address by Daniel Ellsberg

How Has National Security Journalism Changed?

Panelists included Benjamin A. Powell – WilmerHale; former General Counsel, Director of National Intelligence; David Sanger – National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; Bob Woodward – Investigative Journalist, The Washington Post

Moderator by Jeanne Meserve – The Communication Center; former correspondent, CNN and ABC

What Will Happen Next Time?

Panelists included Martin Baron – Executive Editor, The Washington Post; Susan Hennessey – Brookings Institution and Managing Editor, Lawfare Blog; former attorney, National Security Agency; J. Patrick Rowan – McGuireWoods; former Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

Moderator by Ellen Gorman – Lecturer, English Department, Georgetown University.

The Legal Legacy of the Pentagon Papers Case

Panelists included Floyd Abrams – First Amendment lawyer, Cahill Gordon & Reindel; David Cole – National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union; George Freeman – Executive Director, Media Law Resource Center

Moderator by Sanford J. Ungar –Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Georgetown University, and Lumina Foundation Fellow.