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JUNE 21: August Wilson Center

1:30 p.m. Welcome/Overview | Watch Video

Maxwell King, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation


2:00 p.m. The Artist's Voice | Watch Video


2:15 p.m. Current Threats to the First Amendment | Watch Video 

Featured Opening Speaker: April Ryan, Author and Political Analyst for CNN


3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Respondents Panel | Watch Video

Moderator: Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Mila Sanina, Executive Director, PublicSource

Wasiullah "Wasi" Mohamed, Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Emgage PA

Robert Rosenthal, Board Member and Executive Producer, Center for Investigative Reporting

4:00 p.m. Q&A


4:15 p.m. The First Amendment on College Campuses | Watch Video

Jonathan Sotsky, Director, Learning and Impact, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, joined by a panel of college students

4:45 p.m. Freedom of Expression - The Artist’s Voice | Watch Video

Jasiri X, Hip-hop Artist and Activist 

Vanessa German, Visual and Performance Artist

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception 


6:30 p.m. Media Impact Funders Film: “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” 

An interview by Indira Lakshmanan, Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute and columnist for The Boston Globe, with award-winning documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, and features selected scenes from “Nobody Speak,” his chilling account of threats to press freedom as viewed through the lens of the Gawker-Hulk Hogan libel case.

East of Liberty: A documentary series by Chris Ivey
Showing throughout the afternoon in the August Wilson Center lobby.

JUNE 22: Pittsburgh CAPA

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m. CAPA students perform: "A Heart Full of Love" from Les Miserables | Watch Video


8:45 a.m. Welcome | Watch Video

Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments


9:15 a.m. Digital Journalism and the New Public Square | Watch Video

Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University


10:00 a.m. Break


10:15 a.m. Freedom of the Press: The Right to Know | Watch Video

Mickey EdwardsFormer U.S. Congressman & Professor

10:45 a.m. Interview | Watch Video 

Indira Lakshmanan, Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute and columnist for The Boston Globe, interviews Mickey EdwardsFormer U.S. Congressman & Professor


11:00 a.m. Interview | Watch Video 

Mila Sanina, Executive Director, PublicSource, interviews Jenni MonetJournalist 


11:30 a.m. Civic Engagement: Freedom to Assert Our Rights | Watch Video

Kristen CambellExecutive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Matt LeighningerVice President, Public Engagement & Director of Yankelovich Center for Public 
Judgment at Public Agenda


12:00 p.m. Lunch


1:15 p.m. How Threats to Fundamental Freedoms Guaranteed in the First Amendment can Represent a Threat to Democracy in the United States and Globally | Watch Video 

Yascha MounkExecutive Director, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


1:45 p.m. Q&A


2:00 p.m. Technology: Freedom and Responsibility | Watch Video 

Dramatic changes introduced by the internet have both threatened and enhanced First Amendment freedoms in recent years. Trevor Timm, co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, will provide a framework for considering these sweeping changes, followed by a panel of experts who operate on the front lines of protecting freedoms in the digital age.


Respondents Panel

Moderator: Andrew ConteDirector, Center for Media Innovation, Point Park University

David GreeneSenior Staff Attorney and Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Bobbie StempfleyDirector, CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Stephanie A. WhitedCommunications Director, The Tor Project

3:15 p.m. Q&A

3:30 p.m. Interview | Watch Video

Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments, interviews Rob Rogers, Editorial Cartoonist, formerly with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


4:30 p.m. Next Steps/Adjournment | Watch Video

Maxwell King, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Ken Gormley, President, Duquesne University

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