Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. The Espionage Act of 1917: The Perils of Protecting the Nation’s Secrets Evening Program on Zoom Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1H0614 Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add PROGRAM DESCRIPTION More than a century after it was enacted in 1917, the Espionage Act plays an increasingly significant role in modern American politics. Prosecutions carried out under the act, once rare, have become regular events. Some even speak of a War on Whistleblowers as figures like Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden face imprisonment for violating the law. How did a law enacted during the Wilson administration to secure the wartime effort become the primary mechanism for securing the country’s vast national security state in the 21st century? Sam Lebovic, a historian of U.S. politics, culture, civil liberties, and foreign relations at George Mason University, reconstructs the surprising evolution of the Espionage Act to provide a new history of state secrecy today. Tracing the law’s development through the World Wars, the Cold War, and the War on Terror, Lebovic shows how the Espionage Act reveals American democracy’s struggles to balance security and liberty in the past, and suggests the threats that national security secrecy poses to American democracy today. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.