Park University Hosting Discussion on First Amendment

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Steve YoungbloodPark University, in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City, is hosting a conversation on “First Amendment Under Fire: Global Challenges to Press Freedom” on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo. The dialogue will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception preceding the discussion at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are requested by contacting the National Archives at Kansas City at kansascity.educate@nara.gov or (816) 268-8010.

Since its inception, the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution — has sparked debate. The First Amendment, which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” is most often challenged within legal battles across the U.S. on a regular basis. As the world has become more digital and globally connected, journalists often find themselves in situations where their press freedoms are under fire.

Steven Youngblood, director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts at Park University, will discuss the challenges of the First Amendment and how those relate to threats to free press around the world.

Youngblood is a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar, traveling to Moldova in 2001 and Azerbaijan in 2007. He has been recognized for his service to global peace by the U.S. Department of State, Rotary International and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City as its World Citizen of the Year in 2012. He has taught peace journalism around the world and he is the author of Peace Journalism Principles and Practices (published in October 2016 by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Books) and serves as editor of Peace Journalist, a semi-annual magazine and the only publication of its kind dedicated exclusively to peace journalism. In his role as director of the CGPJ, Youngblood promotes the concepts of peace and encourages responsible, non-inflammatory reporting, including advocating nonviolent resolution through seminars and courses in the U.S. and abroad.

Requests for ADA accommodations at National Archives at Kansas City events must be submitted five business days prior to events at kansascity.educate@nara.gov or (816) 268-8010.