President Lee C. Bollinger
invites you to attend
the first in a series of Presidential Lectures
Civil Liberties in Wartime
Geoffrey R. Stone
Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Panelists: Floyd Abrams, David O. Russell,
Cynthia Tucker (pending), Mary Jo White
Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m.
Low Memorial Library Rotunda
116 th Street and Broadway
| Geoffrey R. Stone|
Seating for this event is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Box Office in Lerner Hall (campus entrance). A Columbia University ID is required to attend this event.
Geoffrey Stone will discuss themes in his newly published book, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, which analyzes the conflicts between civil liberties and national security during times of war. The book has received highly enthusiastic reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. Ron Collins of the Freedom Forum called it "the most important book of its kind since Zechariah Chafee Jr. first published his heralded Freedom of Speech in 1920."
Following Stone's presentation, President Bollinger will lead a distinguished panel to discuss:
- In the fight to preserve freedom and defend democracy globally, are we, in fact, imperiling both at home in our efforts to tighten domestic security?
- Given that the war on terror is a protracted war, unlike others we have experienced, should we be more worried that the "temporary" suppression of free speech will become a permanent restriction of civil liberties?
- What is the role and responsibility of the media, Congress, the courts and other institutions in preparing citizens ahead of time for dealing with a crisis in which "war fever" produces the rush to pull back liberties?
- How strong is the culture of civil liberties today?
Floyd Abrams, William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues, Columbia University
David O. Russell, screenwriter, I Heart Huckabees and Soldiers Pay
Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (pending)
Mary Jo White, attorney, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; former U.S. attorney who has prosecuted a number of prominent terrorism cases