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College of law hosts John Seigenthaler for speaker series

Belmont will open the College of Law Speaker Series with an emphasis on the First Amendment and a man who has promoted it for decades.

‘An Evening with John Seigenthaler’ will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Massey Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. The discussion is entitled “First Amendment Challenges Posed by New Media Technology.”

Seigenthaler founded the First Amendment Center in 1991, which aims to be a platform for the study of the freedom of speech, the press, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.

Over his career, he was president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and served for 43 years as a journalist for the Tennessean where he retired as editor, publisher and CEO.

He also was the founding editorial director of USA Today and left the journalism field briefly in the 1960s to serve in the U.S. Justice Department as an administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

The free event is open to the public. Tickets are required, and are available to Belmont University students, faculty and staff online and at the Curb Event Center box office.

Students will receive Academic Lecture convocation credit for attending.

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