SOLD OUT: Sat., 2/14/15: The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference Featuring Edward Snowden


Can Democracy Survive Secrecy?

Sat., 2/14/15, Hawai‘i Convention Center, Kalākaua Ballroom A, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Screening of the award-winning documentary “Citizenfour” followed by a provocative, live conversation with Edward Snowden (via video link from Moscow, Russia) and his attorney, Ben Wizner, Director of the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

This event is sold out and registration is now closed.  Parking at the Hawai‘i Convention Center is $10.00, also served by major bus lines. The Hawai‘i Convention Center is ADA-accessible.

  • 9:00 a.m. Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Screening of Snowden documentary, “Citizenfour.”
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Live conversation with Edward Snowden, Ben Wizner.


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  • Call (808) 522-5905.


  • Support the event with a gift to the ACLU of Hawaii Foundation:

HONOLULU – Can democracy survive secrecy? What is the future of the First Amendment in a surveillance society? These questions will be the focus of a rare and provocative public discussion at the Davis Levin First Amendment Conference (“Conference”) happening Saturday, February 14th in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Edward Snowden’s release of documents detailing massive government surveillance sparked a raging global debate which continues to this day. Choosing not remain anonymous, Snowden traded home and career for a life in exile, fleeing the U.S., and eventually taking residence in Russia.

A high-level intelligence analyst based in Hawai‘i, in 2013, Snowden provided documents to the press proving the existence (previously shrouded by government as highly sensitive state secrets) of multiple NSA programs that even today collect and use data on ordinary Americans on an extraordinary scale.

The program will also feature Snowden’s attorney and Director of the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, Ben Wizner. Speakers will share their views on whistleblowing, balancing government secrecy in wartime against the public’s right to know, and the possible futures facing free speech in America. Moderated by Aviam Soifer, Dean of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.

The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference is a lively, civil discussion between prominent constitutional thinkers fostering awareness & dialogue about the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, underwritten by the Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation. Established as a public education project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation in 1997 with grants from the Robert M. Rees Trust & the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston, the Conference is named for attorneys Mark S. Davis & Stanley E. Levin for their work defending the First Amendment in Hawai‘i. Prior speakers: Daniel Ellsberg, Kenneth Starr, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Ralph Reed, Nadine Strossen, and Jay Sekulow.

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