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Kennedy Talks ─ Threats to the First Amendment: Social Media, Political Vitriol, and a President Impeached

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Register here to attend the webinar, or watch live on Watson's YouTube channel.

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In this inaugural Kennedy Talks event, acclaimed journalist Christiane Amanpour speaks with Martin Garbus about recent challenges to free speech, including social media, political vitriol, and the role of the media. Students are invited to register and to submit questions in advance to engage directly with these legendary experts in their fields. The Kennedy Talks series is hosted by the John F. Kennedy Jr. Initiative for Documentary Film and Social Progress at Watson.

Looking for more on this topic? Martin Garbus recently joined host of "Talking Beats," Daniel Lelchuk for a discussion on the first amendment. LISTEN HERE

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Legendary first amendment lawyer Martin Garbus is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers. He has appeared before the United States Supreme Court as well as trial and appellate courts throughout the nation, in over 100 cases. An international observer in foreign elections, he was selected by Pres. Jimmy Carter to observe and report on the elections in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Garbus also participated in drafting several constitutions and foreign laws, including the Czechoslovak constitution. He also has been involved in prisoner exchange negotiations between governments and has represented dissidents throughout the world. He is the author of six books, including his most recent entitled North of Havana, and over 30 articles in The New York TimesThe Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times

Martin Garbus’ devotion to ethics, justice, free speech, and the law has garnered him enormous respect and has earned him numerous honors including the Fulbright Award for his work on International Human Rights in 2010. 


Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international anchor and host of the network's award-winning, flagship global affairs program "Amanpour," on CNN International in London and "Amanpour & Co." on PBS in the United States.

Her illustrious career in journalism spans over three decades joining CNN in 1983. Amanpour rose through the organization becoming the network's chief foreign correspondent reporting on international crisis’ and interviewed most of the top world leaders. She has received every major broadcast award, including fourteen News and Documentary Emmys, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, and ten honorary degrees.

She was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame and The Atlanta Press Club’s Hall of Fame. She is a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and an honorary citizen of Sarajevo. Amanpour is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.