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Surveillance State: Can Democracy Survive?

Presented by American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Nashville Public Library at Nashville Public Library - Main Library, Nashville TN

Oct 17 2015
Surveillance State: Can Democracy Survive?

Surveillance State: Can Democracy Survive?” is a free, public discussion with Ben Wizner, director of the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project and lawyer to National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden.  Wizner will discuss the NSA’s mass surveillance program and the impact of state-sanctioned spying on the future of privacy, free speech and democracy in a post-Snowden America.

A screening of Citizenfour, winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, will precede the discussion.   The film, which features Wizner, is a thrilling account of journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in the days before and after he exposed the U.S. government’s illegal mass surveillance program to the world, sparking a global debate on our right to privacy.


Admission is Free and the event is open to the public.


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Additional time info:

11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m.: Citizenfour Screening
1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Refreshments and Registration
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Conversation with Ben Wizner

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Nashville Public Library - Main Library

615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219
(Neighborhood: Downtown)


Metro government is modernizing the parking garage adjacent to the Main Library. The project began late June 2016. Approximately 360 spaces will be added, and other improvements will be made to the garage. Seventy-five parking spaces are temporarily closed for the duration of construction. Project completion is expected in spring of 2018.

Due to the temporary parking space decrease and temporary lane closures, please allow extra time when planning to visit during peak hours or for special events.


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Braille
    • Wheelchair Access

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