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Sunshine Week 2006 Events at PSU
Author: Angela D. Abel (503-725-3773) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: February 20, 2006

Portland State University's Library and the Office of Information Technologies are hosting two events in March to commemorate Sunshine Week, a national program raising awareness about the importance of open government.

Sunshine Week events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Sunshine Week events or the PSU Library Artists & Writers Series, please contact Kimberly Willson at 503-725-4552 or willsons@pdx.edu.

Sunshine Week Events at PSU
Friday, March 3, 2006, 7–9:30 p.m., PSU Millar Library, 2nd floor (1875 S.W. Broadway)
“Access to Government Information in the Electronic Age,”
is a panel discussion sponsored by the PSU Library’s Artists and Writers Series, with Larry Tuttle, Nigel Jaquiss and Stuart Kaplan. These distinguished panelists will discuss new issues surrounding freedom of information in the electronic age and evolving public disclosure issues such as electronic records retrieval, individual privacy, national security and other disclosure exemptions.

Larry Tuttle is director of the Center for Environmental Equity, which focuses on federal lands policies and management. Nigel Jacquiss is a Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative reporter for Willamette Week. Stuart Kaplan is an ACLU member and associate professor of Communications at Lewis & Clark College.

Monday, March 13, 2006, 10 a.m.–Noon, PSU Neuberger Hall, room 454 (724 S.W. Harrison)
“Are We Safer in the Dark? National Dialogue on Open Government and Secrecy,”
is a national satellite program and community discussion that brings together a panel of national experts who will discuss open government and secrecy, the problems we are facing with it, the impact this has on communities and what the public can do about it. A brief, informal discussion will take place after the program. This program was organized by the American Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Coalition of Journalists for Open Government, League of Women Voters, the National Freedom of Information Coalition and OpenTheGovernment.org.

Sunshine Week

The first national Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know started in March 2005 from a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami. During Sunshine Week, participating daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, online sites, and radio and television broadcasters run editorials, op-ed columns, editorial cartoons, public forums, and news and feature stories that drive public discussion about why open government is important to everyone. For more information regarding Sunshine Week 2006 please contact the Government Information librarian, Judy Andrews, at andrewsj@pdx.edu or visit http://www.pdx.edu/library/sunshine2006.html.

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For Immediate Release (#06-031)


Source: Kimberly Willson (503-725-4552)
Reference Support Supervisor, PSU Library