[act-ma] 3/27: James Downey of "Saturday Night Live," recipient of Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk's First Amendment Award; Bill Murray moderates

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Wed Mar 7 06:37:04 PST 2012

Ford Hall Forum
at Suffolk University

SNL's Remarkable Influence
Over Politics Through Satire

the Annual Louis P. and Evelyn Smith
First Amendment Award
James Downey

with moderator Bill Murray

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theater

preceded by a special
First Amendment Award Reception,
fundraiser held from
4:00-5:30 pm at the
Offices of Prince Lobel Tye LLP

(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
Strategery: SNL's Remarkable Influence Over Politics Through Satire. With
James Downey, recipient of the 2012 Louis P. And Evelyn Smith First
Amendment Award; with moderator Bill Murray. Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00
pm. Admission is free and open to all; early arrival is advised. C. Walsh
Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair
accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more
information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:
617-557-2007,www.fordhallforum.org <http://www.fordhallforum.org/> .

[Preceded by a First Amendment Award Reception, 4:00-5:30 pm. Held at the
Offices of Prince Lobel Tye LLP. Further information on purchasing reception
tickets, which include guaranteed admission to Strategery, can be found at
www.fordhallforum.org <http://www.fordhallforum.org/> .]

James Downey has been a writer for Saturday Night Live for over three
decades, putting his hilarious words in the mouths of countless comedic
actors. Year after year, he has provided material for a show that continues
to define popular culture, and no political figure has escaped his rapier
wit. Notably, Downey's consistent commentary on current events holds a
mirror up to America, allowing life to respond to his art as much as vice
versa. His work is a tribute not just to American culture itself, but also
to the value of freely expressing sentiment that may not always be welcome
but is certainly necessary. As Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University
presents Downey with its coveted First Amendment Award, his friend, actor
Bill Murray, moderates the discussion on his career of political satire and
the many truths told in jest.

Background information on James Downey can be found at

Coming up next in Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University's Spring Series:

The State of Human Rights
A Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Forum
Co-presented by Old South Meeting House and Suffolk University's Model
United Nations
Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
Old South Meeting House

With myriad political, social, and economic changes across the globe in the
last decade, the public is eagerly questioning the effects on our worldwide
fight for human rights. Rev. Dr. William Schulz, CEO of the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee, discusses the United States' recent progress
in upholding human rights and which geopolitical areas will soon need the
most attention. Dr. John Cerone, professor of human rights law and the U.S.
member of the International Law Association's (ILA) International Human
Rights Law Committee, delves into the UN's original intentions with the
Millennium Development Goals and the likelihood of fulfilling them by 2015.
Visiting lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Dr.
Jasmine Waddell, moderates their exchange on critical steps to ensure these
fundamental rights to all.

About Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University is the nation's oldest free public
lecture series. The Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed
and effective citizenry through public presentation of lectures, debates,
and discussions. Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society, by
bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers from a
broad range of perspectives. These individuals speak in person, for free,
and in settings that encourage frank and open debate.

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held
at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the
original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued
throughout the Boston area with the generous support of foundations,
corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. In its 104th year of
programming, the Forum continues to build upon its partnership with Suffolk
University. Suffolk is now housing the Forum's administrative offices just a
block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University programs are made possible through the
generous contributions from individual members as well as corporations and
foundations, including ACLU Massachusetts, AIG, The Barr Foundation, The
Boston Beer Company, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, Edwards Angell Palmer and
Dodge, The Fred and Marty Corneel Fund, Helen Rees Literary Agency, Houghton
Chemical Corporation, Iron Mountain, Jackson & Company, Katz Nannis +
Solomon PC, The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Nellie
Mae Education Foundation, Old South Meeting House, Penny Pimentel, The
Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince Lobel Tye
LLP, Ropes & Gray, Suffolk University, WBUR 90.9 FM, and WilmerHale.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit
www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University's partnership
with Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617)
573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.

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