First Amendment Award: STRATEGERY

James Downey

with Bill Murray

Handicap Accessible Assistive Listening Devices

James Downey

James Downey

Bill Murray

Bill Murray


Strategery: SNL’s Remarkable Influence

Over Politics Through Satire

2012 Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award Honoring James Downey

James Downey has been a writer for Saturday Night Live for over three decades, putting his hilarious words in the mouths of countless comedic actors. Year after year, he has provided material for a show that continues to define popular culture, and no political figure has escaped his rapier wit. Notably, Downey’s consistent commentary on current events holds a mirror up to America, allowing life to respond to his art as much as vice versa. His work is a tribute not just to American culture itself, but also to the value of freely expressing sentiment that may not always be welcome but is certainly necessary. As the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Downey with our coveted First Amendment Award, his friend, actor Bill Murray, moderates the discussion on his career of political satire and the many truths told in jest.

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University

You can no longer register for this event because 400 people have registered already and the C. Walsh Theatre can only hold that many. However, registering for a Ford Hall Forum event does not reserve or guarantee you a seat — it simply allows the Ford Hall Forum to know roughly how many people plan to attend. Therefore, whether you registered or not, get there early and you might get in!

Admission protocol for this event is as follows: there will be one line at the door for members of the Ford Hall Forum and one line for non-members. The first people to enter the theatre (5:45 p.m.) will be the First Amendment Award Reception guests, all of whom are members. Next, the members line will proceed (6:00 p.m.). Finally, the non-members line will enter until the theatre is full. Members must arrive at 6:00 p.m. or earlier to enjoy priority seating.

Please be aware that we are expecting more than 400 people and some will not get into the event.


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