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GG-280499-21Public Programs: Humanities DiscussionsPEN American Center, Inc.Flashpoints: Free Speech in American History, Culture & Society10/1/2021 - 9/30/2023$150,000.00Jonathan Friedman   PEN American Center, Inc.New YorkNY10012-5258USA2021American StudiesHumanities DiscussionsPublic Programs15000001497000

Implementation of ten public discussion events addressing the history and value of free speech in the United States.

Flashpoints: Free Speech in American History, Culture & Society will present the fascinating and complex history of free speech in American democracy to public audiences in cities across the country. The series will examine how free speech has evolved, illuminate past debates over who has the right to speak, and shed light on present debates about free speech in the context of protest, dissent, and the quest for social change. The historical flashpoints in this series highlight pivotal moments in which artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals tested the limits of free speech, challenging the public to redefine “freedom” and realize it anew for populations and causes that were at risk of having their liberties denied. Timed to mark both PEN America’s 100th anniversary in 2022 and the lead up to the U.S. semiquincentennial, the event series will run for two years from 2021-2023, and the digital resources will be available to educators and the public for years to come.