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Agenda

The National Conference on the First Amendment has garnered a great deal of interest nationwide and features a Who's Who of journalists and public figures as speakers, putting event presenters Duquesne University and The Pittsburgh Foundation on a national stage. We're looking forward to coming together for this important conversation.

Opening Session

Sunday, Oct. 21
Opening Session

2:00 p.m.
Welcome

Maxwell King, president and CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Ken Gormley
, president, Duquesne University

2:10 p.m.
Video
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court
2:15 p.m.
The First Amendment in American History: Five Pillars of Freedom
Amy Gajda, Class of 1937 Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School
Michael Gerhardt
, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Hugh Hewitt, radio and television commentator; professor of law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Stephen D. Solomon, Marjorie Deane Professor of Journalism, NYU; author, Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech

Moderator: Ken Gormley, president, Duquesne University

3:00 p.m.
New Technology and Social Media: Good or Bad for Free Speech?

Sree Sreenivasan, co-founder, Digimentors; former professor and associate dean, Columbia Journalism School
Diana Burley, executive director and chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection; professor of human and organizational learning, George Washington University
Jason Willick, assistant editorial features editor, The Wall Street Journal
Moderator: Jim Crutchfield, president of the board, PublicSource

3:30 p.m.
The Soul of the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams, attorney, author and leading legal authority on the First Amendment
Moderator: Michael Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
3:50 p.m.
The First Amendment in 21st Century America: A View from the Trenches
Hugh Hewitt, radio and television commentator; professor of law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Juan Williams, Fox News contributor
Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School; former president, American Civil Liberties Union

Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO, National Constitution Center

4:40 p.m.
Artistic Expression and the First Amendment

Matal v. Tam—Lanham Act's disparagement clause and the First Amendment
Simon Tam, The Slants

4:55 p.m.
Musical Performance by The Slants
5:15 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

Reception to follow in Fides Shepperson Suite, adjacent to the ballroom.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity during the reception to purchase copies of books for signing by authors Floyd Abrams, Nadine Strossen and Juan Williams.

Morning Session

Monday, Oct. 22
Morning Session

9:00 a.m.
Welcome
Ken Gormley, president, Duquesne University
Maxwell King, president and CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation
9:10 a.m.
Video
John Kasich, governor of Ohio
9:20 a.m.
The Importance of Free Press: An Editors' Conversation

Dean P. Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times
Martin Baron, executive editor, The Washington Post
David Shribman, executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Moderator: Maxwell King, president and CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation; former editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

10:15 a.m.
Speech on College Campuses

Teresa Sullivan, president emerita, University of Virginia
David A. Thomas
, president, Morehouse College
Robert Zimmer
, president, University of Chicago
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO, National Constitution Center

11:00 a.m.
Taking the Pulse of the Public: Knight Foundation Institution Reports

Sam Gill, vice president, communities and impact, and senior adviser to the president, Knight Foundation

11:20 a.m.
Free Speech vs. National Security

Tom Ridge, former governor, Pennsylvania; former secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former director, Central Intelligence Agency; former director, National Security Agency
Moderator: Paul Rosenzweig, senior fellow, R Street Institute; founder, Red Branch Consulting PLLC; senior advisor, The Chertoff Group; former deputy assistant secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

12:00 p.m.
Lunch

Union Ballroom, 4th Floor Duquesne Union

Afternoon Session

Monday, Oct. 22
Afternoon Session

1:10 p.m.
First Amendment in America's System of Laws and Government
Noel Francisco, U.S. solicitor general
Thomas Hardiman, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Moderator: Ken Gormley, president, Duquesne University
1:50 p.m.
Foreign Journalists: The First Amendment as a Beacon of Liberty
Amanda Bennett, director, Voice of America
Suki Kim, author, Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite; contributing editor, The New Republic
Elizaveta Osetinskaya, founder, The Bell, a media startup
Moderator: Robert Rosenthal, former editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer; former managing editor, The San Francisco Chronicle; executive director, Center for Investigative Reporting
2:35 p.m.
How the Internet Has Enabled Free Expression Like Never Before
Richard Gingras, vice president of news, Google
2:55 p.m.
Break
3:05 p.m.
An Assault on Free Press?
Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and scholar, Harvard University (via Skype live video)
Moderator: Ken Gormley, president, Duquesne University
3:15 p.m.
Political Correctness/Fake News/The Editorial Function

Nancy Gibbs, former editor, TIME magazine
Liza Donnelly, cartoonist and writer, The New Yorker and The New York Times; resident cartoonist, CBS News
Luis Fábregas, editor, Tribune-Review Pittsburgh digital edition and Valley News Dispatch
Tony Norman, columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO, National Constitution Center

4:05 p.m.
First Amendment on the Edge: New, Controversial and Outlier Approaches
James O'Keefe, investigative journalist; founder and CEO, Project Veritas
Salena Zito, contributor, CNN; reporter, Washington Examiner; columnist, New York Post
Moderator: Andrew Conte, director, Center for Media Innovation, Point Park University
4:25 p.m.
First Amendment: Landmark Cases
Wisconsin v. Yoder—Amish children attending school
Shawn Peters
, author and professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Tinker v. DeMoines—black arm bands in schools protesting Vietnam war
Mary Beth Tinker
, free speech plaintiff and First Amendment activist
Moderator: Ken Gormley, president, Duquesne University
4:55 p.m.
Organizations that Educate the Public about the First Amendment
Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO, National Constitution Center
Lata Nott, executive director, First Amendment Center, Newseum
Katy Glenn Bass, research director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
5:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

Reception with light refreshments to follow in Fides Shepperson Suite, adjacent to the ballroom.