April 29 Saturday

FESC V: Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 5

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invited applications to participate in the fifth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC). The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from April 29 – 30, 2017. 

April 25 Tuesday

Amy Goodman & Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, for her North American tour: Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America.

Goodman will speak about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now!'s daily journalism.

April 20 Thursday

Film Screening and Conversation: We Break Things

We Break Things is directed by Rebecca Wexler and produced by VLP. It documents the struggles of three hacker groups over issues that range from the war in Syria to fascists in Europe, commenting on the meaning of free speech and technological determinism. The film reveals the good, the bad, and the human consequences of hacker activism as shadowy figures come forward to share their loves, losses, and deepest motivations.

April 18 Tuesday

The Attention Merchants: Book Talk with Tim Wu

Join the Solomon Center and YHeLPS as we welcome Tim Wu for a discussion of his book The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads. Prof. Wu's book traces the roots and explosive growth of the global multibillion-dollar marketing industry. From fake news to social movements, Professor Wu’s insight into how advertisers have innovated to capture and maintain billions of consumers’ attention promises important lessons for today’s policymakers and advocates.

April 18 Tuesday

It’s Too Complicated: How the Internet Upends Katz, Smith, and Electronic Surveillance Law with Susan Landau

It’s Too Complicated: How the Internet Upends Katz, Smith, and Electronic Surveillance Law with Susan Landau, Professor of Cybersecurity Policy

April 13 Thursday

Beyond Borders Documentary Screening and Talkback


Please join NLG, the Visual Law Project, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, the American Constitution Society, and the Lilian Goldman Law Library on April 13th for a screening of the the documentary, Beyond Borders, followed by a talkback with Director/Writer/Producer, Micah Fink and a young woman featured in the film. Non-pizza dinner will be provided.

April 13 Thursday

Storytelling and the Law with Emily Bazelon

Please join the Visual Law Project on April 13th at 4PM in Room 110 for an hour conversation with Emily Bazelon about storytelling and the law that explores how we can tell legal stories outside of the courtroom that resonate with different audiences and the role of images in legal storytelling. To facilitate better conversation, please read the following articles before the session: Should Prostitution Be a Crime?

April 13 Thursday

Graphics at Trial: Litigation and Visual Representation

Please join the Visual Law Project and TechSoc for a coffee chat with Greg Diskant. Greg is a senior litigation partner at Patterson Belknap. As part of his active trial practice, Mr. Diskant regularly tries cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels, focusing on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. As part of his work, he focuses on the use of visual graphics at trial to make the complex understandable. 

April 11 Tuesday

David Willner, Head of Community Policy at AirBnB, former Head of Content Policy at Facebook

Dave Willner started at Facebook manually helping users reset their passwords in 2008.  Over the next six years he joined the original team that moderated content on the platform, wrote Facebook's first systematic set of content policies, and ended up building the team that still maintains those rules to this day.

April 5 Wednesday

First Amendment Salon: Adam Liptak and Floyd Abrams on the Soul of the First Amendment

Conversation with Adam Liptak and Floyd Abrams on The Soul of the First Amendment

Floyd Abrams, a noted lawyer and award-winning legal scholar specializing in First Amendment issues, examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than is the case anywhere else in the world.