october, 2021

Panel Discussion: What Does the First Amendment Mean Today?

10oct5:00 pmPanel Discussion: What Does the First Amendment Mean Today?Ridgefield Library

Event Details

The final presentation in our First Principles program series, “What Does the First Amendment Mean Today?”, is a panel discussing free speech and how it relates to traditional media, social media and public discourse, examining these platforms and the power and responsibility (or lack thereof) private companies have over the exchange of information and ideas. Panelists will also explore the role of libraries and how they have been a safe haven for the First Amendment, which protects public
institutions from having to compromise the ideals of free speech, thought and inquiry.

The panel will be moderated by author, journalist and lecturer Todd Brewster, with the following distinguished panel members: Akhil Amar of Yale University; Nadine
Strossen, Past President of the ACLU; Mike McIntire, New York Times journalist; Brenda McKinley, Director of the Ridgefield Library.

What Does the First Amendment Mean Today? is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, the Ridgefield Historical Society, the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, and the Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR. 

This series is funded in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities (CTH), an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.



(Sunday) 5:00 pm


Ridgefield Library

472 Main Street, Ridgefield CT 06877