In its Fall 2012 season, Action Speaks, Underappreciated Dates that Changed America turns its attention to how the line between public and private is drawn in a nation born from a stated commitment to individual liberty but now a part of an increasingly interdependent world. With the help of scholars, government officials, practitioners and artists, Action Speaks in 2012 looks at underappreciated 20th-century moments when the rights of the ‘individual’ and the needs or beliefs of the ‘public’ have clashed and where the line between private and public have been both defined and blurred. Join host Marc Levitt on the radio and online for the 17th season of Action Speaks, live from downtown Providence and distributed across the nation… as this live and lively community forum takes on one of the great issues of our time… Private Rights and Public Fights.
FALL 2012 SCHEDULE of LIVE FORUMS in AS220, WEDNESDAYS at 5:30 PM
OCT 3, 2012 // 1980 Chakrabarty v. Diamond
The Supreme Court case that helped put a ‘for sale’ sign on our genes.
OCT 10, 2012 // 1992 First Critical Mass Ride
Bicyclists take to the streets en mass in a fight over the ‘right to the city’.
OCT 17, 2012 // 1936 Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ Debuts
Factories closed; Unions ignored; The Tramp asks, ‘What’s Next’?
OCT 24, 2012 // 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut
Contraception as a right of privacy? The Supreme Court says, ‘Yes’
OCT 31, 2012 // 1992 The Invention of the Body Scanner
Surveillance in America—needed or nightmare?
NOV 7, 2012 // 1908 Lewis Hine Documents Child Labor
The camera, exposing social problems or becoming one?
NOV 14, 2012 // 1944 FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights Speech
Can and should the government guarantee economic security?
NOV 21, 2012 // 1971 Powell Memo
A call to arms to protect business from the anti-capitalist rhetoric of the 1960’s.