More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment


Controversial speech, inflammatory cartoons, edgy social media posts -- for more than 200 years, First Amendment issues have influenced art and civic life. Join us October 1st at 5:45 p.m. to hear historian Christian McWhirter discuss the free-speech issues that Abraham Lincoln faced. Then at 6:15, watch a panel discussion on freedom of speech and expression. Moderated by former WGN anchor Robert Jordan, “More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment” will feature the diverse perspectives of artists, journalists, historians, librarians, legal professionals, and civic leaders.

This free event, a livestream of a discussion at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, is offered in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association. It takes place in the ALPLM's library building, 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield.

Opening Remarks
Elissa Tenny, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Andrea Telli, Commissioner, Chicago Public Library

Keynote Address
David Hiller, President, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert Jordan, former WGN-TV News Anchor and Journalist

  • Jeremy Biles, assistant professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Colleen K. Connell, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
  • Jamie Kalven, journalist, human rights activist, and executive director, Invisible Institute
  • David Kohn, executive director of public affairs, Union League Club of Chicago
  • Diana Brawley Sussman, director, Carbondale Public Library