Press Release for Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Town Hall Meeting: America After 9-11

(904) 620-2102

JACKSONVILLE – Panelists will discuss the access to information through the media and its role in civil liberties after Sept. 11, 2001, in a nonpartisan town hall meeting format Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

Town Hall Meeting Part II: America After 9-11, the Media and Our Rights is the second in a series created by the Institute of Government in 2003 to explore issues regarding civil liberties and America’s response to the terrorist attacks in 2001. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists will take questions from the audience during a fast-paced and informative exchange on the issues. The exchange also will include conservative and liberal responses to the panelists’ opening statements. The responses will be provided by Bruce Barcelo, president of Barcelo and Associates, and Ron Littlepage, columnist for “The Florida Times-Union.”

Heather Murphy, press secretary to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and an adjunct professor at UNF, will moderate the panel.

Panelists will include:

• Parvez Ahmed, chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida.
• Robert Cromwell, special agent in charge of the Jacksonville FBI office.
• Charles Griggs, columnist and commentator for the “Jacksonville Free Press” and “Jacksonville Exchange Week in Review” on WJCT-TV and WJCT-89.9 FM.
• Ken Hurley, president of the American Civil Liberties Union for Greater Jacksonville.
• Marcia Ladendorff, associate director for the UNF Honors Program and a former anchor for CNN and WTLV-TV.
• Paul Perez, U.S. state attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
• Staci Spanos, a reporter with WJXT-TV.

The event is sponsored by UNF, the Institute of Government and the Florida Public Relations Association.

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