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Mar
3
Tue
The Future of Religion and Diplomacy @ Knight Conference Center
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am
The Future of Religion and Diplomacy @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

A conversation with Madeleine Albright and Officials from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs

Recognizing the centrality of religion to the nation’s diplomacy and development objectives, in July 2013, the White House issued the National Strategy on Integrating Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement into U.S. Foreign Policy. That same month, in order to strengthen the State Department’s capacity to execute on this strategy, Secretary of State John Kerry created the Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will join experts from the Office of Religion and Global Affairs to discuss the ways the State Department is engaging religious actors and institutions to: 1) promote sustainable development and more effective humanitarian assistance; 2) advance pluralism and human rights; and 3) prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict and contribute to local and regional stability and security.

Charles C. Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center, will moderate the panel.

Panelists

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama. In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.

Shaun Casey is the Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs. He is currently on leave of absence from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he is Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians. His research interests include ethics and international affairs, the public implications of religious belief, and the intersection of religion and politics. He has written on the ethics of the war in Iraq as well the role of religion in American presidential politics.

Ira N. Forman is the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council as well as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he worked as Political Director and Legislative Liaison. In the Clinton Administration Mr. Forman was the Director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. Earlier in his career he worked as professional staff of the Public Works and Transportation Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shaarik H. Zafar is the Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the U.S. Department of State. He is responsible for driving Secretary Kerry’s engagement with Muslim communities around the world on issues of mutual interest, in support of shared goals, and to advance of U.S. foreign policy. Shaarik previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Homeland, Cyber, and Countering Violent Extremism Group at the National Counterterrorism Center and as Director for Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council.

Mar
5
Thu
Free Speech and Free Press: Laws, Limits and Liberty @ Knight Conference Center
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Free Speech and Free Press: Laws, Limits and Liberty @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Newseum Institute and the Council on American-Islamic Relations present a town hall discussion on how societies and lawmakers around the world are struggling over where — and if — to draw the line on free speech and free press protection. What are the differing factors that come into play in this important 21st century discussion, from core values and blasphemy laws to the new impact of the Web and social media? Why did many news outlets in the United States not publish, post or broadcast the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons or the cover of the “memorial” Charlie Hebdo issue? A panel of experts representing a spectrum of views and organizations will join in the conversation.

Panelists:

  • A representative to be named from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Dr. Jonathan A.C. Brown. Professor of Islamic History, Georgetown University
  • Dr. John Watson, Professor of Journalism, American University
  • Dr. Sarah Ann Oates, Professor. of Journalism, University of Maryland

Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
Mar 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Professor Bryan A. Garner will discuss their latest book, Reading Law: Interpretation of Legal Texts. The book examines the time-honored and sometimes conflicting principles for interpreting constitutional provisions, statutes, and contracts. Their lively discussion, which draws upon illustrations from a wide array of sources, reveals how the selection of interpretive principles affects the resolution of ambiguity in the law.

The conversation is held in conjunction with the Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Events and is presented by the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association in cooperation with the Freedom Forum.

Mar
12
Thu
Crackdown in the New Russia: LGBT rights in Russia and Crimea @ Knight Conference Center
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm
Crackdown in the New Russia: LGBT rights in Russia and Crimea @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center and the Arcus Foundation, presents “Crackdown in the New Russia: LGBT rights in Russia and Crimea” with grantees Nora FitzGerald and Misha Friedman, and special guest Dmitry Chizhevsky, a Russian who was a victim of anti-LGBT violence in St. Petersburg. The program is the second in the series “Faith, Freedom, Sexuality & Silence.”

Journalist Nora FitzGerald discusses her reporting on Russia’s government crackdown on the LGBT community and how it fuels an increase in the AIDS epidemic in Russia. Photojournalist Misha Friedman shares images from “Crimea: The Human Toll” and “Official Homophobia in Russia”, projects documenting the impact on the LGBT community in Crimea of the homophobic rhetoric now legitimized by federal law after Russia’s military annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Dmitry Chizhevsky, 26, now lives in Washington, D.C., and is seeking political asylum. In November 2013, Dmitry was the victim of a hate crime in Saint Petersburg. He was at a community party at the local LGBT center when assailants burst in shouting anti-gay epithets and shooting people randomly with a pellet gun. As a result, he lost the sight in one eye.

Misha Friedman photographed Dmitry in the hospital in Saint Petersburg. There was no arrest at the time of the attack and a rather lackluster investigation, as often happens in Russia with these crimes. The violent attack reflects a disturbing trend of harassment and intimidation of the LGBT community, a trend that has worsened with the government crackdown of the past few years.

A reception will follow the program.

Pulitzer Center

Arcus Foundation

Religious Freedom Center

Photo: From left, Nora FitzGerald and Misha Friedman.

Mar
13
Fri
2015 National Freedom of Information Day Conference @ Knight Studio
Mar 13 @ 8:15 am
2015 National Freedom of Information Day Conference @ Knight Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Hosted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in cooperation with OpenTheGovernment.org and the American Library Association, the annual Freedom of Information Day Conference brings together access advocates, government officials, judges, lawyers, librarians, journalists, educators and others to discuss timely issues related to transparency in government and freedom of information laws and practices.

Featured at this year’s program:

  • A discussion of “Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects” presented by OpenTheGovernment.org.
  • A discussion of the first ten years of the “Sunshine Week” national open records initiative, presented by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors, including a preview of a major reporting package from The Associated Press, McClatchy and Gannett/USA Today on a decade of open government activity.
  • Remarks by Miriam Nisbet, former director of Office of Government Information Services, National Archives.
  • Announcement of this year’s recipient of the James Madison Award, presented annually by the American Library Assocation to individuals or groups that have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.
  • Additional speakers may be announced later.

Attendees should use the C Street entrance to the Newseum, which will open at 7:45 a.m. for this program only. Admission to the FOI Day program does not include admission to the Newseum.

Mar
15
Sun
Inside Media: Exposing the Darkness: Photography in Conflict Zones @ Knight TV Studio
Mar 15 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: Exposing the Darkness: Photography in Conflict Zones @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Award-winning photographers MaryAnne Golon and Lucian Perkins share their experiences of recording crises around the world and putting themselves in harm’s way to capture conflict on the human level.

They will be joined by Michael Abramowitz, director of the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which relies on documentation taken by photojournalists to provide evidence of war crimes and to capture stories of destruction and devastation.

Golon is director of photography at The Washington Post and former director of photography at Time magazine. Perkins, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is an independent photographer and filmmaker and former staff photographer at The Washington Post.

Photo: From left, MaryAnne Golon, Lucian Perkins and Michael Abramowitz.

The program is co-produced by the Newseum and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Mar
18
Wed
A Life in Broadcasting: A Conversation With Larry King @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm
A Life in Broadcasting: A Conversation With Larry King @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

In a special members-only event at the Newseum, legendary broadcaster Larry King recounts some of the biggest stories and interviews of his career. The program also incorporates footage of King’s most famous interviews.

From 1985 to 2010, King hosted the nightly interview program “Larry King Live” on CNN. He interviewed presidents, world leaders, politicians, entertainers, athletes and many others. He also reported live breaking news events, most famously the O.J. Simpson car chase in 1994.

Before joining CNN, King hosted a nationally syndicated radio show for the Mutual Broadcasting System. He currently hosts “Larry King Now” on Hulu and RT America and the weekly “Politicking With Larry King” on RT America.

Following the program will be a reception in The New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall.

If you are a Press Pass member and would like to RSVP for this program, please email membership@newseum.org. To become a Press Pass member and receive free admission to this program, click here.

Members of the Friends of the First Amendment Society and Corporate Engagement Program will have access to the VIP Lounge. To learn more about the Friends Society, contact Ryan Merkel at rmerkel@newseum.org or 202/292-6294. To learn more about the Corporate Engagement Program, contact Kris Goler at kgoler@newseum.org or 202/292-6283.

Mar
21
Sat
Inside Media: The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted: The Story Behind the List @ Knight TV Studio
Mar 21 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted: The Story Behind the List @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano and FBI historian John Fox talk about the history and significance of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, which marks its 65th anniversary in March.

One of the FBI’s longest-running programs, the list was inspired by a newspaper article. In 1949, a reporter asked the FBI, “Who are the 10 toughest guys you are looking for?” When his article appeared on the front page of The Washington Daily News, complete with photos of the 10 fugitives, the list was a hit, and some of the fugitives were captured. The next year the FBI launched the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program.

Before being named deputy director in 2013, Giuliano held a number of positions at the FBI, one of which included responsibility for the Ten Most Wanted program. Fox has served as FBI historian since 2003.

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)

Apr
4
Sat
Inside Media: Washington Nationals Baseball Preview @ Knight TV Studio
Apr 4 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: Washington Nationals Baseball Preview @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Two days before the Nationals’ 2015 home opener, Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, co-hosts of “The Sports Fix” on ESPN 980 Radio, preview the National League East champion’s upcoming season and talk about the sports scene in Washington.

In 2014, the Nationals captured the NL East title for the second time in three years, and with the offseason signing of pitching ace Max Scherzer, the team heads into the new season as the favorite to win the World Series.

“The Sports Fix” can be heard daily from noon to 2 p.m. on ESPN 980 Radio.

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)

Apr
11
Sat
Inside Media: Tavis Smiley: My Journey With Maya @ Knight TV Studio
Apr 11 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: Tavis Smiley: My Journey With Maya @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Author and broadcaster Tavis Smiley shares the story of his 28-year friendship with renowned author, poet and activist Maya Angelou, the subject of his new book, “My Journey With Maya.”

Smiley first met Angelou when he accompanied her on a trip to Ghana in 1986, and she remained a teacher and mentor to Smiley until her death in 2014.

Smiley is the host of PBS’s “Tavis Smiley” and Public Radio International’s “The Tavis Smiley Show” and is the author of 17 books, including the New York Times best-sellers “What I Know for Sure” and “The Covenant With Black America.”

A book signing will follow the program.

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)