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Coffee, Conversation & Controversy

River Road's Contemporary Issues Forum meets October to May between services at 10:20 AM in the Fireside Room.  The program is often referred to as CC&C (Coffee, Conversation & Controversy). The forum features speakers on a variety of topics of current interest, with an opportunity for brief discussion. Childcare is available. Questions about the program can be sent to Info-CC&C@rruuc.org.

February 26th, 2017
"Dangers To & Defense Of Freedom of the Press"
Laura Handman, Media Law & Free Speech Attorney

The media, particularly online, is full of content that often stretches freedom of speech and freedom of the press to its limits. Concomitantly, we see litigation, some founded, some frivolous, against journalists and online content providers. Laura Handman, an experienced media law/ freedom of speech trial and appellate attorney, will talk about the delicate balancing of protecting reputation from harm and protecting freedom of speech and the press-- and the dangers journalists and media organizations face from deep pocket plaintiffs, including those seeking to settle a score against journalist/media defendants.

March 12th, 2017
"Fracking in Maryland: A Discussion With Earthjustice"
Gordon Sommers, Attorney, Earthjustice Washington, DC office

Hear Earthjustice’s analysis of the threat fracking poses to Maryland and why we shouldn’t expect regulations to protect us. Gordon Sommers will discuss some of the legislative actions that have been taking place this session in Maryland, as well as the legal work that Earthjustice has been doing to push back on the state’s fundamentally flawed regulatory proposal.

March 26th, 2017
"Social Consequences of Mismanaging the European Debt Crisis"
Jai Chopra

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