Rutgers University School of Law at Camden
DECEMBER 27, 2004
8:04 AM
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To The Point: National Conference Addressing Free Speech During Wartime to be Held At Rutgers-Camden, National Constitution Center

CAMDEN, NJ -- December 27 -- In the midst of renewed debate about the Patriot Act and speculation about President Bush's second term, a national conference examining the effects of war on First Amendment rights and other civil liberties will be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and Rutgers University-Camden during Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 and Monday, Jan. 17, 2005.

Sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, "Free Speech in Wartime" will assemble the nation's top constitutional scholars for a free two-day conference inspired by the new book, "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism" (Norton, 2004), by Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor and noted expert on First Amendment matters.

On Sunday, Jan. 16, the Rutgers conference will convene at the National Constitution Center, where a 3 p.m. panel discussion will feature David Strauss (University of Chicago Law School); Charles Fried (Harvard Law School); David Cole, (Georgetown Law); and Cass Sunstein (University of Chicago Law School).

On Monday, Jan. 17, the conference will convene at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law at 8:30 a.m., with an address by Floyd Abrams, a partner in the New York City law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

At 9:20 a.m., a discussion about "Free Speech in Wartime: Theoretical Perspectives" will feature Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan; Frederick Schauer (Harvard); Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union; Ronald Collins, a scholar at the First Amendment Center; and David Skover (Seattle University School of Law).

At 11:15 a.m., a lunchtime address will spotlight "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Struggle for Free Speech." Derrick Bell, a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law, will deliver the talk.

A public interview with Geoffrey Stone will be held at 12:40 p.m. Stone is the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as dean from 1987 to 1993 and provost from 1993 to 2002. Stone will discuss his new book, "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism" (Norton, 2004), which has earned widespread acclaim for its analysis of how American liberties are compromised during times of war.

Stone will be interviewed by Lisa Brown of the American Constitution Society and David McIntosh of the Washington, D.C. law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.

At 2 p.m., "History, Wartime, and Free Speech: What Lessons Have We Learned?" will feature Eric Foner (Columbia University); David Raban (University of Texas at Austin School of Law); and Earl Maltz (Rutgers-Camden School of Law).

This two-day Rutgers conference is free of charge. Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, visit