NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020 -A supporter of Donald Trump yells at a Black Lives Matter supporter during a “Stop the Steal” rally, the same day President-elect Joe Biden clinched his win. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)
A Nashville-based civic engagement group will host a panel discussion on Thursday to probe the line between First Amendment rights and tensions arising from disinformation, called “Protected Speech and Fear in America.”
As part of its “Conversationalist Series,” Millions of Conversations will share information from global conflict mediation expert Andrew Ladley and Deborah Fisher, director of the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Fisher is also executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.
Samar Ali, president of Millions of Conversations, will moderate the event.
“From main street to the halls of Washington D.C. our country is grappling with an unprecedented flow of information on social media and online that includes disinformation and language designed to incite fear and suspicion of our neighbors,” Ali said. “How we reconcile our First Amendment rights with these powerful communication tools is one of the greatest challenges of our generation.”
Registration is required for the virtual event, which is scheduled for noon.
Millions of Conversations is a nonprofit organization that seeks to unite Americans around common values for a shared future through productive dialogue. The organization seeks to change existing narratives that marginalize and politicize “the other.” Starting with the predominating narrative about Muslim-Americans, its focus is on eliminating stigma in all its forms. By transcending divides, Millions of Conversations disrupts cycles of hate, combats misinformation, and challenges harmful stereotypes. The organization engages energetic voices at the grassroots level to reach people across America.
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