Lichtblau 10/20 – For Teachers and Students

This from the Classroom Law Project:

Tuesday, October 20

Freedom of the Press, Open Government and the War on Terror:

A Journalist’s Perspective on the Post 9/11 World

— Registration Deadline is Friday, October 16! —

Join Classroom Law Project for an evening with NY Times reporter Eric Lichtblau, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Who: Teachers and Students, Grades 6-12
(teacher not required to accompany students; parents welcome)

Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Grant High School, NE Portland (Map)
Cost: Free!

Journalist Eric Lichtblau will share his perspective on the delicate balance between national security and the public’s right-to-know.  A free press and open government are central pillars of American democracy.  But in an environment where terrorism is a persistent threat, how much information does the public really need?  What should remain secret, and who decides?  According to Lichtblau, it is the type of material now considered too-sensitive-for-public-consumption that really tells the story.

Just months after September 11, the Bush Administration, without court-approved documents, secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the US to search for terrorist activity.  Eric Lichtblau’s eye-opening reports helped the public to make sense of this post-9/11 story that questions the reach of presidential powers, and how the government balances homeland security against the civil rights of Americans.

Lichtblau covers federal law enforcement and national security issues for the Washington bureau of The New York Times.  He is also a guest commentator on television, appearing frequently on CNN, CNBC’s Hardball, PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

We are thrilled he’s heading to Oregon this October to talk with us!  Please pass this opportunity onto your colleagues and students.

Special thanks to Jason Trombley, an alum-turned-coach of Lincoln High’s We the People constitution team, and the Young Professionals of Portland for making this incredible opportunity possible.

Click here to register.


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