NEFAC to Celebrate Constitution Week with Program at Framingham State University

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

In honor of Constitution Week, the New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion about the First Amendment and freedom of the press on Sept. 19 at Framingham State University, 93 State Street in Framingham, Mass.

The discussion will be at 7 p.m. at the McCarthy College Center Alumni Room and will feature several prominent media and legal experts. The program is free and open to the public.

Speakers include:

Jonathan Albano, Esq. |  A NEFAC board member, Albano represents newspapers, entertainment and news broadcasters, publishers, universities, non-profit organizations, and individuals in cases involving a variety of constitutional issues.


John Ambacher | Ambacher is a professor emeritus in the political science department of Framingham State University, where he has taught since 1968. He is an expert on U.S. legal systems and American political thought, as well as a frequent lecturer on the First Amendment.


Jennifer Peter | Peter, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, is the managing editor for The Boston Globe. She helps run the newsroom, coordinating between departments and ensuring that a steady flow of enterprising and interesting stories are brought to readers throughout the day.


Anne Brennan (moderator) | Brennan is the regional director of news and operations for the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily and 20 Gatehouse Media-owned weekly newspapers. She was previously an editor of the Cape Cod Times and its lifestyle and entertainment website,


The event is part of NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program, launched in January to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. NEFAC recently presented to students at the University of New Hampshire; high school students in Bridgeport, Conn., and at the annual New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University, among other New England locations and audiences.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.