About American INSIGHT

Who We Are

American INSIGHT's mission is to promote the history and values of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law by empowering students and independent filmmakers to discuss how these values emerge in societies around the world.

What We Do

We provide tools to help students analyze the content of a film, understand how that film is made and how much it costs by giving them behind-scenes access to the filmmaking process and our Free Speech Award Winning Directors.

Through live events and multimedia digital content, our goal is to provide students with fresh outlook on the core values of our nation’s history, and how these values inspire filmmakers around the globe.

Why We Do It

American INSIGHT - Respectful Free Speech

American INSIGHT was founded in 1983 as the American Poetry Center and promoted the Spoken Word for the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts before the concept became National Poetry Month.

After producing an award-winning documentary on Philadelphia artist, Arthur B. Carles, we rebranded as American INSIGHT in 2005. Then, based on five years of research into Violet Oakley’s murals in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, we developed our Free Speech Storyline and Free Speech Film Festival, and discovered the story of Benjamin Chew, Esq., an undiscovered pacifist lawyer who worked behind the scenes before, during and after the American Revolution. Our Free Speech Archives now contain 40 years of institutional history in multimedia formats and two decades of research about Chew.

The development of American INSIGHT's online infrastructure and business processes has been funded by private donors for the past decade.  As of 2024, our systems integration has been tested, and is ready for fundraising, marketing and implementation.  We will expand the size of our Board of Directors this year.

Board of Directors

Margaret Chew Barringer

Founder, Chairman
New Media Pioneer

Robert Emmons Haskell

President, Treasurer
Strategic Systems Architect

Jennifer Hinz Beacom

Vice President
Law Librarian

Alicia Galitzin

Business Owner

Karen Curry

Adjunct Professor

Oliver Franklin

Honorary British Consul

Michael Wood

Professor of English, Emeritus
Consular Corps Association Philadelphia

Member, The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia (CCAP) is the oldest consular organization in the country and today our 81 Members represent countries from around the world.

ennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)

As a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), American INSIGHT has committed to the Guiding Principles of the Standards for Excellence: an ethics and accountability code for the nonprofit sector. American INSIGHT pledges to uphold the fundamental values of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability upon which the Standards are based.