Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 pm
Freedom of the Press in 2017
Media coverage - print, broadcast, online - keeps us actively engaged and shapes how we see the world. However, Americans trust and confidence in mass media is at its lowest level at 32 percent (Gallup) - six in 10 citizens see partisan bias. The President engages in a continual war of disparaging words. Freedom of the press, critical to democracy, is protected by the First Amendment. What do we mean by a free press? What are the threats to press freedom? Our panel will address these questions, share observations, and discuss how a strong free press can retain its rightful place in our democracy.
Moderated by Garrett Graff, distinguished magazine journalist and historian.
Panelists: Anne Galloway, founder and editor of VTDigger.org; Jim Sabataso, freelance writer and founding editor of the Rutland Reader; and Matthew Byrne, lawyer with Gravel & Shea, Attorneys at Law. Co-sponsored by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the League of Women Voters.
Film & Discussion
Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00pm - National Bird follows the dramatic journey of whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: The secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight into the American drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors. Plagued by guilt over the killing of faceless people in foreign countries and suffering from PTSD, the veterans decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Co-sponsored by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, VT PBS, and The Peace and Justice Center.
Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm - Part 4 of 5. In this five day introductory workshop Baylen Slote will demystify this ancient Chinese oracle by breaking the cryptic language of divination back down to simple natural symbols. He will touch upon concepts such as the Taoist metaphysics and binary code which underlies everything from our genes to computer gaming systems. Workshop dates: April 26 & May 24.
Each year the Kellogg-Hubbard Library is fortunate to work an AmeriCorps VISTA member who assists with programming and fund raising. This help is essential in maintaining the level of service that we provide to our community.
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