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To mark the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace, the Hirshhorn and the Newseum in Washington D.C. have partnered to present a series of talks that consider the role of art and free speech in the 21st century. The lineup includes an array of acclaimed artists, journalists, activists, and academics.

The events include:

Spotlight on China with The Washington Post’s William Wan
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
The Newseum’s Knight TV Studio, Level 3

Wan, who has met and interviewed Ai Weiwei, will discuss the impact of Ai’s art on the world and will discuss human rights conditions in China as well as the impact of Communist Party policies on the people in that country.

In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part I)
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn

Nato Thompson, artistic director of Creative Time, will lead a conversation with artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Pedro Reyes, and Paul Ramírez Jonas on how their art directly confronts legislative and social issues and engages contemporary audiences.

Advocating for Human Rights: A Conversation with Amnesty International’s Margaret Huang
Tuesday, November 14, 7 p.m.

The Newseum’s Knight Conference Center

Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, will talk about her work as an advocate for human rights and racial justice.

In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part II)
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn

The New Yorker journalist and former Beijing bureau chief Evan Osnos will moderate a discussion between artists Tania Bruguera, Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman.

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