(10.3) Action Speaks kicks off its new season Wednesday. This year Action Speaks looks at moments when the rights of the individual have clashed with the needs or beliefs of the public and where the line between private and public has been defined or blurred.
In its fall 2012 season, Action Speaks: Underappreciated Dates that Changed America, turns its attention to how the line between public and private is drawn in a nation born from a stated commitment to individual liberty but now a part of an increasingly interdependent world. With the help of scholars, government officials, practitioners and artists, Action Speaks looks at underappreciated 20th-century moments when the rights of the ‘individual’ and the needs or beliefs of the ‘public’ have clashed and where the line between private and public have been both defined and blurred.
First Installment, October 3: Diamond v. Chakrabarty, the 1980 case that first secured the right to patent ‘life’ set the stage for the biotech revolution and a debate about what can be monetized. Join host Marc Levitt on the radio and online for the 17th season of Action Speaks, live from downtown Providence and distributed across the nation.
5:30pm, Wednesday, October 3, AS220, 115 Empire Street