Saturday, August 27, 2011


imageFree Symposium on Sept. 17 Features The Daily Dish Blogger Andrew Sullivan and Artist Trevor Paglen


Saturday, Sept. 17, from 3–5 PM
Brown Center’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore

This Constitution Day, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) will discuss the widely debated topic of free speech and digital communication, The free symposium, titled Free Speech and the Digital Age, will feature a panel of experts, advocates and artists who will bring forward different viewpoints and look at what the future holds for personal expression as it relates to digital communication technologies.

The panel, moderated by WYPR’s The Signal producer Aaron Henkin, will include journalist and author Andrew Sullivan, as well as social scientist, artist and writer Trevor Paglen.

Maryland promises to be in the spotlight for matters concerning the Internet, according to Governor Martin O’Malley, who announced the CyberMaryland initiative during a recent cyber security panel discussion. The initiative represents a commitment to make the state a focal point for businesses, government agencies and academic institutions centered on digital security.

In addition to free tickets distributed in advance to the MICA community, a limited number of free tickets will be available to the general public on the day of the event.

About the Constitution Day panelists:

imageAndrew Sullivan is an author, editor, political commentator and blogger who has become a popular source for political and social commentary. National Public Radio called him “one of the most widely read, influential and
prolific political voices online.” Currently a contributor to Newsweek, Sullivan was one of the first journalists to experiment with blogging more than a decade ago. His blog, The Daily Dish, became one of the most popular political blogs in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks and can now be found on The Daily Beast.

imageTrevor Paglen is an artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work deliberately blurs the lines between science, contemporary art, journalism and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us.

Moderator Aaron Henkin is a co-creator and producer of WYPR’s radio arts program, The Signal, and host of Stories from the Stoop. His news reports and features have aired nationally on programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day and PRI’s The World. Henkin is also the curator and host of a weekly podcast called The NPR Station Showcase with PRX, where he highlights outstanding stories from fellow producers at public radio stations around the country.

Art has long been a method of expression, and artists throughout history have been instigators of change—engaging society in conversation about pressing issues. Established in 2005, Constitution Day annually recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and continues MICA’s tradition of leadership in raising and engaging in important issues surrounding people’s freedoms.