Simon Tam and Freedom of Speech
|The Knight Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan are pleased to invite you to a talk with author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker, Simon Tam, on Saturday, November 9, at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Theatre at the Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI 48124).
Best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band, he approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with those we normally don’t get along with.
In 2009, Tam attempted to trademark the name “The Slants” but was rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. After nearly a decade of free speech activism, he won a landmark First Amendment case at the U.S. Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups.
His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times.
Seating is limited and registration is required.
Copies of Simon’s book Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court will be available.
Register by choosing the number of complimentary tickets you’d like: