Rising Above the Mob | A special event honoring Elijah Parish Lovejoy

On Monday, April 9, Colby will be holding an event at the Newseum in Washington D.C. to celebrate Elijah Parish Lovejoy and discuss the current state of free expression and press freedom in America.

Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Colby Class of 1826, is a symbol of free expression and importance of press freedom. His legacy is enshrined at Colby for his daring ideals, at the Newseum for his sacrifice to journalism, and in history for his lasting influence on America.

Rising Above the Mob

A special First Amendment discussion honoring Elijah Parish Lovejoy

In an era of polarized news sources, social media backlashes, and “fake news” purveyors, how can journalism succeed in its mission of disseminating challenging ideas?

Journalists and faculty members from the Colby community will discuss this issue at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on April 9.


Patrice Franko, Grossman Professor of Economics at Colby and interim director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs


  • Matt Apuzzo ’00, Reporter, New York Times
  • Beth Ponsot ’10, Social Media Editor, Bloomberg
  • Joseph Reisert, Harriet S. Wiswell and George C. Wiswell Jr. Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law at Colby College and co-chair, Colby Task Force for Free Expression and Inquiry


6:30 p.m.

Program and Q&A

7:30 p.m.


555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C.