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First Five Now: Free Speech from Socrates to Social Media
February 10 @ 2:00 pm ESTFree
Free speech is the best-known of the five First Amendment freedoms and faces increasingly complex and urgent tests, according to the Freedom Forum’s landmark survey, “The First Amendment: Where America Stands.”
Join us to dig into the ages-long tension between free expression and difficult or contrarian voices with Jacob Mchangama, author of the new book, “Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media.”
See why the free exchange of even challenging ideas is essential for democratic nations. Mchangama’s definitive account of free speech from the ancient world to the digital age shows why defending it is so critical today.
Mchangama is the founder and executive director of the Danish think tank Justitia and host of the podcast, “Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech.”
This program will premiere Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern on our YouTube channel.
“The First Amendment: Where America Stands” surveyed more than 3,000 Americans across geographic, demographic and ideological lines on their attitudes about the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.
First Five Now is a Freedom Forum conversation that explores topical issues and features current newsmakers who are using the five freedoms of the First Amendment to guide their work.