Harvard Law School professor Martha Minow joins Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky—a renowned legal scholar who has argued First Amendment cases before the US Supreme Court—for a live, online conversation exploring what role—if any—government regulation and action can, and should, play in taming the forces that now threaten the very existence of a free press and democracy itself. Veteran reporter/producer and Berkeley emeritus professor Lowell Bergman will moderate the discussion, adding his own perspective on the history of the regulation of electronic media.

A Clear and Present Danger is presented as part of Cal Performances’ ongoing Illuminations: Fact or Fiction programming, which examines what happens when alteration of the truth—even the deliberate dissemination of disinformation—begins to affect our ability to tell fact from fiction, and how this challenge is impacting today’s world.

Produced in partnership with the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies, this event is co-sponsored by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and Investigative Studios, along with UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Law, the Center for the Study of Security in Politics, the UC Berkeley Emeriti Association, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Institute of Governmental Studies.

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Pictured: Cal Performances and the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies present a free livestreamed discussion, A Clear and Present Danger, with Martha Minow, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Lowell Bergman, on April 12, 2021. Pictured: Martha Minow.
(credit: Courtesy of Martha Minow)
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Pictured: Cal Performances and the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies present a free livestreamed discussion, A Clear and Present Danger, with Martha Minow, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Lowell Bergman, on April 12, 2021. Pictured: Erwin Chemerinsky.
(credit: Courtesy of Erwin Chemerinsky)
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Pictured: Cal Performances and the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies present a free livestreamed discussion, A Clear and Present Danger, with Martha Minow, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Lowell Bergman, on April 12, 2021. Pictured: Lowell Bergman.
(credit: Courtesy of Lowell Bergman)