KU News Release

May 3, 2011
Contact: Pam Hicks, Continuing Education, 785-864-7875

‘Super Size Me’ director Morgan Spurlock to speak at Media and the Law symposium

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LAWRENCE — New York-based author, director and producer Morgan Spurlock will headline an impressive roster of media and legal experts speaking at the University of Kansas’ 24th annual Media and the Law Symposium on May 6 at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

The symposium, titled “The Ever-Shrinking First Amendment: Is free speech being held hostage?,” will explore the ways the First Amendment may be losing ground. The speakers will form panels to share their insights along the symposium’s First Amendment theme.

Some questions that will be considered by the expert panels include the extent to which anonymous speech should be protected by the First Amendment. They will also explore issues surrounding the First Amendment and privacy rights on campuses, Net Neutrality and anonymous speech, among other “pulled from the headlines” topics.

Event registration is open to the public and is being coordinated by Continuing Education.

Spurlock is the featured luncheon speaker for the event. He released his 2004 film “Super Size Me” to critical praise, winning the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay Award and receiving an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary. Since 2004, Spurlock has directed, produced and distributed multiple award-winning film and television projects, including “Confessions of a Superhero,” “Freakonomics” and “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice!” He is currently in post-production on his next feature documentary, “Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope.”

A pre-symposium session, called I Lost My Data and I Can’t Get Up!: How to avoid regulatory and class action quicksand when sensitive data is lost, is included in symposium registration. That event takes place May 5.

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