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LIVE from the NYPL: THE PATRIOT ACT: Richard Posner and Geoffrey Stone


September 20, 2005

Richard Posner, Judge at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Geoffrey Stone, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and expert on constitutional law, debate the renewal of the Patriot Act. Posner and Stone will discuss the Patriot Act, the Bush administration's surveillance of library records and its investigation of political and religious organizations, and the question whether a democracy must tolerate speech that glorifies and purports to justify terrorism.

About Richard Posner:

Richard Posner is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lectures at University of Chicago School of Law. He was appointed in 1981 as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was the chief judge of the court from 1993 to 2000. Judge Posner has written a number of books, including Economic Analysis of Law; The Economics of Justice; Law and Literature; Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy; Catastrophe: Risk and Response; Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11. He has also written books about the Clinton impeachment and Bush v. Gore, and many articles in legal and economic journals and book reviews in the popular press. He has received a number of awards, most recently the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence from the Federal Bar Council, and the Thomas C. Schelling Award from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

About Geoffrey Stone:

Geoffrey Stone, the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, was dean of the law school from 1987 to 1994 and provost of the University from 1994 to 2002. He represented Fred Korematsu in an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in the Guant?namo Bay case. Mr. Stone is currently chief editor of a fifteen-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which will be published between 2006 and 2010. He is working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution. His past works include Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era, The Bill of Rights in the Modern State (with Richard Epstein and Cass Sunstein), Constitutional Law (with Cass Sunstein), and The First Amendment (with Cass Sunstein), and Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism.