If you are in NYC in mid-September, you must attend this Constitution Day event that is being hosted by the Open Society Institute’s National Security and Human Rights Campaign. Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean will appear on stage together in New York City on the evening of September 15 for a conversation about the abuse of power by the executive branch in the name of national security. As courageous Nixon era whistleblowers, they will discuss the dangers of excessive government secrecy and the critical role played by whistleblowers in maintaining democratic values both then and now.
Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVPs are requested.
The directors of a new documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, will start the evening by presenting clips from the film. Then OSI’s own Ann Beeson, who appears in the film, will moderate a discussion between Ellsberg and Dean.
Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean
New York City
September 15, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
What lessons do the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the “war on terror” offer about the abuse of power by the executive branch in times of national crisis? Join Daniel Ellsberg, the RAND strategist whose leak of the Pentagon Papers helped bring down the Nixon presidency and end the Vietnam War, and John Dean, White House counsel to Nixon and later a key whistle-blower on the Watergate scandal, for a conversation about the perils—then and now—of presidential overreach and excessive secrecy.
The event, sponsored by the Open Society Institute National Security and Human Rights Campaign, comes on the eve of the U.S. premiere of the feature documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith will present clips from the film. Ann Beeson, executive director for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute and former associate legal director at the ACLU, will moderate the discussion with Ellsberg and Dean.
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street (corner of Central Park West)
New York, NY
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
See the Film
On September 16, the day after the above event, the new documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America opens at Film Forum in New York City. More information and tickets are available on the Film Forum website.