Jackson Center to host ‘Comedy And The First Amendment: How far is too far and who decides?’

Lewis Black

JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and its relevance to current events and issues, will partner with the National Comedy Center to host a panel discussion on “Comedy and The First Amendment: How Far is Too Far and Who Decides?” Jackson Center Interim Executive Director Deke Kathman made the announcement.

The program will take place at the Robert H. Jackson Center, located at 305 E. Fourth St., on Thursday, Aug, 2nd at 4 p.m. The panel discussion will spotlight comedic speech and the consequences of censorship, lost work, and even criminal prosecution. Panelists include Kitty Bruce, daughter of the late comedian Lenny Bruce, attorney Paul Cambria and comedian Lewis Black.

Bruce will speak on her father’s battles with the law as he plied his comedy craft, often in defiance of obscenity laws. Cambria, an expert on First Amendment rights, has represented many prominent individuals including controversial graphic magazine publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson. Black, known for his trademark comedy rants about current events and politics, has been a vocal fan of Lenny Bruce and the importance of his legacy.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 484-2222, visiting the festival box office located at 2 W. Third St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or online at: www.NationalComedyCenter.org.

The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The center invites and engages scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the relevance of Justice Jackson’s body of work.

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