In the last several years, Americans seem to have a renewed interest in the protections offered by the First Amendment. From speech restrictions on college campuses, to censorship on social media platforms, to concerns over the future of the free press, what constitutes free speech is now routinely under scrutiny by both the right and left.
While many nations are devoted to the free expression of ideas, the United States isunique in that it "does so more often, more intensely, and more controversially than is true elsewhere.” How can we continue to promote and protect free speech?
Join us for the 2017 City Club Annual Meeting as we consider the State of Free Speech. This special Friday forum will begin at noon with a presentation of the City Club's annual report followed by a keynote address from Floyd Abrams, award-winning legal scholar and author of The Soul of the First Amendment: Why Free Speech Matters, who will share his thoughts on the unique protections for freedom of speech in the United States. The forum is open to all and City Club Members are invited to a special reception with the speaker following the forum.