The University Libraries, Mason Publishing,
and the University Bookstore present
Discussing his book: Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America
Thursday, October 4th
Main Reading Room
Does America have a free press? Many who answer yes appeal to First Amendment protections that shield the press from government censorship. But in this comprehensive history of American
press freedom as it has existed in theory, law, and practice, Sam Lebovic shows that, on its own, the right of free speech has been insufficient to guarantee a free press.
Winner of the prestigious 2017 Ellis W. Hawley Prize, Organization of American Historians.
Free Speech and Unfree News compels us to reexamine assumptions about what freedom of the press means in a democratic society.
Sam Lebovic is Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University, where he directs the Ph.D. program in History and serves as associate editor of the Journal of Social History. His research focuses on the history of American politics, culture, and media, and his essays and articles have been widely published. Lebovic teaches a wide range of subjects in modern American and global history, and he is currently researching the mid-century history of cultural globalization.
Refreshments will be provided.
The Mason Author Series is co-sponsored by the University Bookstore.