NYU Gallatin event will explore the perspectives of whistleblowers, advocates, and historians.

Illustration of a Whistle with US National Security Insignia

Are Edward Snowden, Reality Winner, and James Comey whistleblowers or leakers, heroes or traitors? Is WikiLeaks a media organization or a foreign agent? Is it ever appropriate to disclose official secrets to the public?

On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4:00 p.m., New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (1 Washington Square Pl., New York, N.Y.) will present whistleblowers, advocates, and historians to debate the past, present, and future of national security whistleblowing. The event is organized by Professors Hannah Gurman (NYU Gallatin) and Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia, UK) and is sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU Gallatin, The Tamiment Institute Library at NYU, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).

The discussions will take place in the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts on the first floor of the Gallatin School.

This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. For more information, go to: https://wp.nyu.edu/whistleblowing.


Introductions from Professor Hannah Gurman (NYU Gallatin) and Professor Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia, UK)

Historical Perspectives: The Origins, Evolution, and Legacy of National Security Whistleblowing   4:15-5:30 p.m.

Sam Lebovic (George Mason University); Chase Madar (NYU Gallatin); Jeremy Varon (The New School), and Julia Rose Kraut (The Historical Society of the New York Courts)

Break 5:30-5:45 p.m.

Whistleblowing Today: A Conversation with Whistleblowers and Advocates  5:45-7 p.m.Thomas Drake (NSA Whistleblower); John Kiriakou (CIA Whistleblower); Brian Fleming (Miller & Chevalier); Barry Pollack (Robbins, Russell, Englert, Untereiner & Sauber).

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