Pace University – 2008 Constitution Day Celebration “Civil Liberties, Surveillance and Terrorism” Featuring Guest Lecturer Roger Newman, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Scribes Book Award Winner Introduction by Pace President Stephen J. Friedman Free and Open to the Pace Community/General Public
When: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm
Where: Schimmel Lobby, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University’s Downtown New York City Campus just East of City Hall. Entrance on Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold.
Directions: http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=154 Why: The U.S. Constitution was signed September 17, 1787. In 2004, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia successfully led an initiative to make September 17 a national holiday. Constitution Day was first celebrated in 2005.
Preview: Roger Newman will discuss freedom and technology in a time of fear against the commands of the Constitution … If the first casualty of war is truth, civil liberty is second. Panic leads the way, with such examples as the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II and McCarthyism purges during the Cold War. The reaction to 9/11 threatens to restrict civil liberties on a far greater scale and in ways we do not yet know. To an unparalleled extent, the government is monitoring and keeping records of our private communications. Wiretapping and other electronic surveillance of communication networks are now widespread. Even just walking on the street is often recorded. The dangers are obvious.
About Roger Newman: Newman’s biography of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black won the Scribes Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times called it “a giant book on a giant man” and President Clinton talked about it for years in the White House. PBS used it as the basis for one of the programs in its series last year on the history of the Supreme Court on which Newman also appeared several times. He is the editor-in-chief of a four-volume encyclopedia, The Constitution and Its Amendments, and co-author of Banned Films, a history of movie censorship. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., called Newman a scholar of first rank. Newman has written more than one hundred articles and book reviews, and lectured extensively across the country. He has appeared on C-Span, National Public Radio and even Entertainment Tonight, which used Banned Films as the basis of a week-long series. He teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is editor of the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, which will be published next year.
Currently he is working on a book on President Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments.
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