There’s a great upcoming event we want to tell everyone about. It’s called “Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean” and it will be held on September 15th from 6:30-8:30.

The event will explore the lessons of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the "war on terror" and determine what these lessons offer about the abuse of power by the executive branch in times of national crisis. Join Daniel Ellsberg, the RAND strategist whose leak of the Pentagon Papers helped bring down the Nixon presidency and end the Vietnam War, and John Dean, White House counsel to Nixon and later a key whistle-blower on the Watergate scandal, for a conversation about the perils—then and now—of presidential overreach and excessive secrecy.

The event, sponsored by the Open Society Institute National Security and Human Rights Campaign, comes on the eve of the U.S. premiere of the feature documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith will present clips from the film. Ann Beeson, executive director for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute and former associate legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, will moderate the discussion with Ellsberg and Dean.

The event will take place at the New York Society for Ethical CultureConcert Hall, located at 2 West 64th Street (corner of Central Park West). Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the event, don’t worry because on September 16, the new documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America will open at Film Forum in New York City. More information and tickets are available on the Film Forum website.