April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
Four Freedoms: Exploring Freedom of Speech, Session One
Freedom lies at the heart of democracy. But what does it mean–and what could it mean?
Join us for collaborative conversations where we will help each other to explore what freedom means for us today and what it could mean tomorrow.
Using Art to Expand our Exploration
President Franklin D Roosevelt proposed “four freedoms” as human rights that apply worldwide: the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear. Those four freedoms were given a visual interpretation by the painter Norman Rockwell. But how might those freedoms look today? Contemporary artist Maggie Meiners has offered updated versions of Rockwell’s images. In this discussion series, we’ll use these images from both artists to spark our collaborative exploration of what freedom might mean to us today and for the future.
Four Connected but Independent Conversation Events
April 27, 1pm EDT: Freedom of Speech. What does it mean, and what could it mean? What concerns do you have as you look to the future?
May 11, 1pm EDT: Freedom of Worship. What might this freedom mean to you? How does it relate to other democratic values?
May 25, 1pm EDT: Freedom from Want. What are different possible aspects of this freedom? How might it be realized?
June 8, 1pm EDT: Freedom from Fear. What could this freedom mean? What other essential freedoms have we not yet imagined or explored?
Note: this post is for the April 27 Freedom of Speech exploration, a special event during the National Week of Conversation. At the registration link, you can register for each session at once (even though there are separate posts on this platform). The sessions are connected, so please sign up for as many as you can. The sessions are independent from each other, so don’t worry if you can’t make them all.