NEFAC, Loeb School Offering Free Classes About First Amendment, Open Government

The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications are offering two free online classes about the First Amendment and the public’s right to know about government during a time of crisis.

NEFAC’s partnership with the Loeb School to offer free online classes is the latest example of how the coalition is helping to protect the press and educate the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To participate in either or both classes described below, register for them and you will receive log-in information.

Freedom of Information Laws and Your Right to Know

April 23 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

Presented by Justin Silverman, NEFAC Executive Director

The motto “assume your government will be open, but be prepared to fight for it,” seems even more important at a time when we are depending on the government for information which will keep citizens healthy. After this class students will have a better understanding of why government transparency is needed in our democracy despite its tension with personal privacy and security interests.

Registration and more information here.

The First Amendment in Times of Crisis

April 29 | 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Gregory V. Sullivan, NEFAC Board Member

This class will serve as a First Amendment primer, highlighting examples from other times of crisis and focusing on defamation and freedom of speech. Students will learn about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the five freedoms it protects. During class, students will view examples from challenging times in U.S. history when constitutional rights were tested and landmark legal cases reinforced First Amendment protections.

Registration and more information here.