This is in the shameless promotion category - but it is about access to government information - and it is going to be a great program. We are seeking organizations to host the webcast and hold discussions in your communities. The webcast will be archived, so if this is during your Spring break, think about doing a local viewing and discussion when everyone is back. We will determine if the panelists would be willing to receive e-mailed questions from sites that are not participating in the live event. Please share widely - with your academic colleagues, your librarians (both academic and public), your local journalists, and anyone else you can think of -- to see if they would be willing to host an event. I am happy to send the advisory to anyone as a .doc file, if requested. Thanks. Patrice McDermott, Executive Director OpenTheGovernment.org pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 202-332-OPEN (6736) www.openthegovernment.org OpenTheGovernment.org Americans for Less Secrecy, More Democracy Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736, info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx MEDIA ADVISORY Second Annual National Event Will Explore Government Secrecy and Openness Closed Doors; Open Democracies? A national dialogue with government openness experts Join Ira Flatow, host and executive producer of NPR's Science Friday, and two panels of government and other experts in a national dialogue addressing issues of access to government information, including the impact of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health and safety - and accountability at the federal and the state and local levels. The event will begin with a lively discussion of the issues and end with ideas for action. This dialogue with government openness experts - which will feature video segments and a question-and-answer period, followed by local programs at sites across the country - kicks off Sunshine Week 2007. The event is being hosted by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, League of Women Voters, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OpenTheGovernment.org, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and Union of Concerned Scientists Speakers: Ira Flatow (moderator), host and executive producer of NPR's Science Friday Dottie Biggs, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) librarian from Region 8 Jay Dyckman, director of The Knowledge Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship, Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist and Director of Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists Mark Tapscott, Editorial Page Editor, the Washington Examiner Rick Piltz, Founder and Director of Climate Science Watch and former whistleblower at the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Bill Wolfe, Director, New Jersey Chapter of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Susan Wood, Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and former FDA official who quit over the delay of Plan B WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 12, 2007 1:00pm- 2:30pm EST., webcast from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to sites around the country. Visit www.OpenTheGovernment.org for a list of venues, registration information, and more.