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February Public EventsFREE and open to the public

2015-02-12

COURAGE UNDER FIRE
A panel discussion on free speech at home and abroad

Thursday, February 12th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

FREE and open to the public
We're bringing journalists, citizens and First Amendment experts together to talk about two important topics:

* The free speech issues raised by the murders at
Charlie Hebdo in France: Should American journalists have re-printed the cartoons that many Muslims found offensive?

* The arrest of a NJ news cameraman who refused to surrender his camera to police last month, an event that went viral on YouTube. The journalist himself, Andrew Flinchbaugh will be present.
Panelists:
Aman Ali is a comedian and storyteller. He has appeared on HBO, the BBC, NPR and is the co-creator of the social media phenomenon, 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a road trip to all 50 states to tell the story of Muslims in America. Aman worked at Reuters for many years.

Edward Barocas has been the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey since Mat 2001, with hands-on involvement in many of the important First Amendment cases that have determined today's case law for the rights of journalists.

Bruce S. Rosen is a lawyer and former reporter and editor who frequently appears in the N.J. Supreme Court and other courts on media law issues.

Thomas Healy is a law professor at Seton Hall University and also a former reporter. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind - and Changed the History of Free Speech in America.

Presented by the NJ Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the ACLU of NJ and the NJ Historical Society

HISTORY OF IM/MIGRATION IN NEWARK
Saturday, February 14th, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

FREE and open to the public
Presented by
Margaret Stevens, PhD.
Essex County College
Urban Issue Institute
Join Dr. Margaret Stevens as she discusses the history of Newark's immigration and migration. The presentation covers the waves of immigration in the 19th & 20th centuries. Irish, German, Eastern European, Italian, African American, and Latino populations will be discussed.

A TASTE OF FREEDOM
THE BENJAMIN MAJOR COLLECTION OF LETTERS FROM EMANCIPATED AMERICAN SLAVES, 1836-1851

Saturday. February 28th, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

FREE and open to the public

Presented by
James Amemasor, PhD.
Research Specialist
The New Jersey Historical Society
Dr. James Amemasor has put together a study of the letters from emancipated American slaves that were sent to Liberia a country formed by American slaves. The presentation will also discuss the prominent New Jerseyans who were instrumental in the formation of the American Colonization Society that repatriated former slaves.



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