Arguendo & Ideas: A&I posts its First Amendment discussion

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has posted a YouTube video of the panel discussion on “The First Amendment in the Spotlight” it held last summer. The talk, held July 22 at the Yale University Art Gallery, was related to the Elevator Repair Service production of Arguendo, one of the highlights of A&I 2014.

Emily Bazelon, the New Haven-based Slate editor who was part of a popular live taping of a Slate Political Gabfest at Arts & Ideas 2013, is the moderator. The two panelists are both connected to the Yale Law School: the school’s dean, Robert Post, who’s an important First Amendment scholar, and Linda Greenhouse, who covered the U.S. Supreme Court beat for nearly three decades as a New York Times reporter and  now teaches at the Law School.

The talk, for which everyone is comfortably dressed in summer clothing that will make you feel a lot warmer watching this in November, gets off to a great start when Post notes that he saw Greenhouse avert her eyes when one of the show’s male performers got naked in it, and Greenhouse responds that her discomfort was probably due to the fact that she knew the real-life lawyer whom that actor was portraying.

Here’s the talk on YouTube. It can also be downloaded via iTunes, here, or watched on the A&I website, here.