Upcoming Panel Discussion on Hate Speech in Washington, D.C

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First Amendment Watch, ConSource, and the John Brademas Center at New York University will co-host a panel discussion entitled, “Hate Speech on Social Media: Is There a Way to a More Civil Discussion?” A book signing by Professor Timothy Zick, author of The First Amendment in the Trump Era, will immediately follow the panel discussion.

The panelists will discuss if social media has facilitated greater freedom of expression and a “marketplace of ideas,” if the government should have a role in regulating content on social media platforms, the available remedies for people who are attacked on social media in the United States and abroad, and advice they would give to individuals on how to handle hate speech directed towards them on social media.

The speakers for the evening include Wajahat Ali, Attorney, Playwright, New York Times Op-Ed Contributor, Lata Nott, Executive Director of the First Amendment Center at the Freedom Forum Institute, Timothy Zick, Constitutional and First Amendment Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School, and author of a new book, The First Amendment in the Trump Era, and serving as moderator for the evening Julie Silverbrook, Executive Director of The Constitutional Sources Project.

The panel discussion will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 6 pm – 8:00 pm at NYU Brademas Center in Washington, D.C., 1307 L Street, NW.

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About the Speakers



Julie Silverbrook is the executive director of The Constitutional Sources Project, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization devoted to increasing understanding, facilitating research, and encouraging discussion of the US Constitution. Prior to leading ConSource, Silverbrook was the Founding Director of an award-winning constitutional literacy program called Constitutional Conversations, in collaboration with the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at William & Mary Law School, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Williamsburg Regional Library System. Silverbrook holds a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science.




Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV personality, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department. He helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. As a playwright, Ali is the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans post-9/11—which was published by McSweeney’s and performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. He is a Peabody-nominated producer of the series, The Secret Life of Muslims, a series of short-form, first-person documentary films featuring a diverse set of American Muslims.




Lata Nott is the executive director of the First Amendment Center at the Freedom Forum Institute. Prior to that, she was the assistant director of admissions at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a litigator in New York City at the law firms of Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke. Nott graduated from the University of California, Davis, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations. She earned her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2010.



Timothy Zick is the John Marshall Professor of Government and Citizenship and Cabell Research Professor at William and Mary Law School. Professor Zick graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University, and summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, Zick was an associate with the law firms of Williams and Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Foley Hoag in Boston. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Zick is the author of four university press books on the First Amendment, and is the author of a new book, The First Amendment in the Trump Era, published by Oxford University Press.

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