HEC-TV Live! Brings Panel Discussions to Maryville This Month


In two separate September events, HEC-TV will air live, interactive shows from Buder Commons on the Maryville University campus. Topics include a discussion of contemporary right to privacy issues, and historic consideration of authentic lawsuits filed by St. Louis area slaves seeking freedom in the early 19th century. Students, staff, faculty, alumni and the greater St. Louis community are invited to participate as members of the audience.

“Traffic, Cameras and Privacy”
A live panel discussion titled, “Traffic, Cameras and Privacy” will air 7 – 7:30 p.m. on national Constitution Day, Sept. 17. The audience is encouraged to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. Everyone will be invited to participate in the discussion about this timely subject and how it relates to rights and the interpretation of the constitution.

Panelists will discuss the increasing number of cameras that are going up around city and county streets, the increasing number of red light cameras and how it all relates to right-to-privacy issues. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and share their point of view during this live and interactive show. The panel will include local law enforcement officials who use cameras in their cities as public safety measures, as well as a representative from the ACLU.

“Passage to Freedom”
“Passage to Freedom” will air live from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Audience members are encouraged to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. The HEC-TV documentary “Seeking Freedom” will be shown during the first 45 minutes of the program. What were “freedom suits” and how did they influence the lives of slaves and their owners?  The documentary explores early 19th century St. Louis through recently discovered archives and primary source court records.  The stories of slaves seeking freedom, their lawyers and their owners will be discussed.

The last half of the broadcast will feature a panel discussion involving the producer of the documentary, the judge who voiced the documentary, the archivist involved in the project and a local professor conversant in slave history in St. Louis. Audience members will be invited to join the discussion.

Contact: Laura Susic, producer of HEC-TV Live! at 314-780-0232