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New Hampshire Sunshine Week Events

Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable

Monday, March 15,  6:30 – 8 p.m.

Manchester, NH – The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for the “right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But what does that mean and how does it work? On Monday, March 15, from 6:30 – 8 pm, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and the New England First Amendment Coalition are celebrating Sunshine Week with an expert, online panel discussion, Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable.

This webinar will examine the values of open and responsive government and how we all play a role. The conversation, moderated by Casey McDermott, reporter and editor at New Hampshire Public Radio, will feature Gilles Bissonnette, Legal Director, ACLU, New Hampshire; The Honorable N. William Delker, Justice, NH Superior Court; Emily Gray Rice, City Solicitor, City of Manchester, NH and Gregory V. Sullivan, Malloy & Sullivan, a First Amendment Law specialist and board member of both host organizations. 

This event is free and open to the public. It will be hosted online and pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Nackey S. Loeb School’s website: loebschool.org/register/sunshine-week, or email loebschool@loebschool.org.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative supported by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. You can learn more about the co-hosts of this New Hampshire event at loebschool.org and nefac.org.


The Story of the Keene State Five: A Fight for Public Access

Thursday, March 18, 7-8:30 p.m.

The City of Keene denied the Right-to-Know requests of five Keene State College journalism students made as part of an annual classroom assignment. The students decided to fight back.

Their teacher, Dr.Marianne Salcetti, who represented them, and David K. Taylor, Vice President of Right to Know NH, who helped them, tell the story. The case took the team from the classroom, through the Cheshire County Superior Court, and to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Learn how they did it, and how you can use the Right to Know law in your own community. Moderated by Attorney Gregory V. Sullivan, the pro bono legal representative in the 2020 NH Supreme Court case.

Presented by The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and Right to Know NH.

Dr. Marianne Salcetti was honored with the 2020 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award for her leadership in this case.

This online event is Free and Open to the Public. Register at loebschool.org

This event is free and open to the public. It will be hosted online and pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Nackey S. Loeb School’s website: loebschool.org/register/sunshine-week, or email loebschool@loebschool.org.

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