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Forum on the Future of the First Amendment May 16
Released: May 9, 2005

Release #05035
Contact:
Ken Dautrich (860) 570-9090
(Department of Public Policy)

Michael Kirk (860) 486-0715
(Media Relations)

 

STORRS, Conn .— The University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association will host a forum on the future of the First Amendment on Monday, May 16.  

As part of the event, UConn’s Department of Public Policy will release two new national polls on how Americans and journalists view their First Amendment rights. The forum will feature an address from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and a keynote speech from journalist Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine, who has been charged with contempt for refusing to testify in a federal investigation regarding the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. His case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.   

The forum will be held from 8:00 a.m. until noon in the second floor auditorium of the library building on UConn’s West Hartford campus at 1800 Asylum Ave. The morning’s schedule and speakers follow:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Welcome by Ken Dautrich, head of UConn’s Department of Public Policy
  • 8:45 a.m. – Opening address from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
  • 9:15 a.m. – Release of poll on journalists view of the First Amendment
  • 9:45 a.m. – The Media and the First Amendment – a panel discussion featuring Kevin Crosbie, president, Connecticut Daily Newspapers Association and publisher of the Willimantic Chronicle; Jack Davis, publisher of The Hartford Courant; Colin McEnroe, WTIC radio personality and Courant columnist; and Tom Monahan, political reporter at NBC-30.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Release of poll on public perceptions of the First Amendment
  • 11:15 a.m. – The Future of the First Amendment – a panel discussion featuring Stephanie Abrutyn, counsel, the Tribune Company; Martin Margulies, Center for First Amendment Rights & Quinnipiac College School of Law; and Walter W. Woodward, Connecticut state historian.
  • Noon – Keynote Speaker: Matthew Cooper, White House correspondent, Time Magazine. Cooper is currently charged with contempt of court for refusing to testify in a federal investigation of the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. His case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.   

The forum is co-sponsored by the Center for First Amendment Rights, the Associated Press and the Connecticut Broadcasters Association.

 

 

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