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Oct 11, 2017

Exhibit Celebrating First Amendment Advocate John Seigenthaler to be Unveiled at Nashville’s Seigenthaler Center

On the same day the Center will also debut an exhibit featuring the work of NPR photographer David Gilkey, killed in 2016 on assignment in Afghanistan.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Oct. 12 the Seigenthaler Center will unveil a photo display on the life and legacy of John Seigenthaler, famed Tennessean editor and publisher and founder of the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute.

The display will be open to the public on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center, located at 1207 18th Avenue South. The photos and text will be a permanent feature of the Center, educating visitors about Seigenthaler’s career and legacy in journalism, civil rights and First Amendment studies.

“This display will help those visiting the Center to know of John’s amazing career, which ran from Nashville to the Kennedy White House, to the first years of USA TODAY and to the founding of the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute.

Free public parking will be available on Oct. 12 in Vanderbilt Lot 82, at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue. Please follow signs indicating the designated Seigenthaler event parking area.

Also on Oct. 12, there will be a noon program at the Center to debut “Reporters Without Borders: A Tribute to David Gilkey,” a traveling photo exhibit showcasing the work of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey. Through his photographs, Gilkey chronicled pain and beauty in war and conflict, covering war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the earthquake in Haiti and the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. He was killed along with NPR’s Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna on June 5, 2016, in Afghanistan. Presented in cooperation with NPR and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the exhibit will be open to the public during regular office hours through Nov. 27.

“We are honored to present David Gilkey’s photos in Nashville,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s North America director. “It is important to continue to raise awareness about the risks American reporters take to bring information to the American people, and to pay tribute to their important contribution.”

The daylong celebration is co-sponsored by the Freedom Forum, Newseum Institute and Reporters Without Borders, in partnership with The Tennessean, NPR, and Nashville Public Television.

About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

About the Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is the largest press freedom organization in the world with more than 30 years of experience. Thanks to its unique global network of 150 local correspondents investigating in 130 countries, 12 national offices (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, and USA) and a consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO, Reporters Without Borders is able to have a global impact by gathering and providing on-the-ground intelligence, and defending and assisting news providers all around the world.

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