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Resistance in the Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights

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LSU Journalism Building

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Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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A panel of activists, journalists, and scholars will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by reporters, law enforcement officials, and protesters because of changes in technology and the introduction of new communication platforms. Panelists will address questions about the impact of these changes on First Amendment rights.

Changes in technology and communication practices have raised questions about when efforts to convey political protest are protected, peaceful, and safe. DeRay Mckesson, panelist and Black Lives Matter activist, is well-known for his effectiveness online. Panelists will discuss using new communication tools to convey support or dissent. Panelists include:

- Casey Rayborn Hicks, public information director at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

- Bruce Hamilton, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana

- Dr. Sean Illing, Vox journalist, LSU Ph.D. graduate and expert on peaceful resistance theory

- DeRay Mckesson, Black Lives Matter activist

- Chris Slaughter, assistant news director at WAFB TV

- Dr. Jinx Coleman Broussard, full professor and Bart R. Swandson Endowed Memorial Professor at the Manship School of Mass Communication, will moderate.

This event is in memory of Dr. Dustin Howes, a member of the LSU faculty who passed away in January 2017 due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. Dr. Howes contributed greatly to the discourse on the politics of nonviolence.

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