In September 2019, the Free Speech Project and the Knight First Amendment Initiative at Columbia University hosted “Social Media and the First Amendment,” an impassioned forum on the confluence of online privacy, regulation, and rights.
September 23, 2019, at 7 p.m. in historic Gaston Hall.
Katie Fallow, Senior Staff Attorney,
Knight First Amendment Institute
Sarah Jeong, Journalist and editorial board member, The New York Times
Jeff Kosseff, Cybersecurity Law Professor at U.S. NavalAcademy and author of The Twenty-Six
Words That Created the Internet
Lori Moylan, Public Policy, Facebook
Kara Swisher, Co-Founder of Recode and contributing opinion writer, The New York Times
Hosted and moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University
In April 2019, the Free Speech Project and the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative hosted “Inside Voices: The Free Speech Rights of Incarcerated Americans,” a lively forum that explored the reasons behind and implications of censoring the voices of the incarcerated.
April 16, 2019, at 7 p.m. in historic Gaston Hall.
Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project
Amy Fettig, Deputy Director, ACLU Prisons Project
Robert Green, Director, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Montgomery County, Maryland
Sekwan Merritt, Paralegal, Arnold and Porter
Joel Castón, Incarcerated Resident of the D.C. Jail (by Skype/phone)
Hosted and moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, and Marc Howard, Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University
The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University held a joint forum in Gaston Hall on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, on the subject of “Secrets and Leaks: Whistleblowers, Journalists, and National Security.” The objective was to explore the important, but perennially uneasy, relationship among reporters, their confidential sources inside the government, and other officials, especially on issues of foreign affairs and national defense policy — and to ask how the public interest can best be served in this critical area at a volatile moment for American civil society.
Sept. 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. in historic Gaston Hall.
Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Carrie Cordero, Georgetown Law School, and former counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Alberto Mora, Director, Global Programs, American Bar Association, and former General Counsel, Department of the Navy
Laura Poitras, Filmmaker, Journalist, and Executive Producer, Field of Vision
Moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University
The panel “The Shadow of Charlottesville: Free Speech at a Crossroads” explored the events of Aug. 12, 2017, and how and why they became violent.
Oct. 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. in historic Gaston Hall.
Timothy Longo, Former Chief of Police, City of Charlottesville, Virginia
DeRay Mckesson, Civil Rights Activist and Host, “Pod Save the People”
Arthur Spitzer, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, D.C.
Paula Xinis, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project
The two-day symposium “Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers Revisited,” 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.
Feb. 16 and 17, 2017, in the Intercultural Center Auditorium and the Copley Formal Lounge.
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.
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: Jeanne Meserve – The Communication Center; former correspondent, CNN and ABC
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: Ellen Gorman – Lecturer, English Department, Georgetown University
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: Sanford J. Ungar –Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Georgetown University, and Lumina Foundation Fellow