National Archives at Kansas City

First Amendment Under Fire with Professor Steven Youngblood

National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 2, 2017


For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)… On Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host Park University Professor Steven Youngblood for a lecture titled First Amendment under Fire: Global Challenges to Press Freedom. A free light reception will precede the program at 6:00 p.m.  

Since its inception the Bill of Rights, which comprised the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, has sparked debate. The First Amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, is most often challenged within legal battles across the United States on a regular basis. As the world has become more digital and globally connected, journalists often find themselves in situations where their press freedoms are under fire. Park University peace journalism professor Steven Youngblood will discuss challenges to the First Amendment in the U.S., and how those relate to threats to free press around the world. This program is presented in partnership with Park University.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Steven Youngblood is the director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University.  He has taught Peace Journalism in Cyprus, Sudan, the Republic of Georgia, Kenya, the Bronx, NY, Kashmir, Ireland, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Indian-occupied Kashmir, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Austria, South Sudan, Costa Rica, Turkey, South Africa, and Uganda. He is the author of Peace Journalism Principles and Practices and editor of the semi-annual Peace Journalist magazine, the only publication of its kind dedicated exclusively to peace journalism. Youngblood is a two time J. William Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001, Azerbaijan 2007). He has been recognized for his service to global peace by the U.S. State Department (Alumni of the Month), Rotary International (Honorary Rotarian), and the UN Association of Greater Kansas City (World Citizen of the Year).  He is also the author of Professor Komagum: Teaching Peace Journalism and Battling Insanity in Uganda.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit   

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