October 28, 2017

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Freedom of Speech & Assembly After Charlottesville: Should We Limit the First Amendment?

Mon, Oct 30 2017    7:00 pm – 8:45 pm    Central Library, Trustees’ Room

Freedom of Speech & Assembly After Charlottesville is a series of conversations with writers, academics, and legal experts on First Amendment rights. These sessions will be moderated by Dr. Norman Finkelstein and will be free to the public. This week we are joined by special guest Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology. Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia University.

Todd Gitlin, is an American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, and poet. He holds degrees from Harvard University (mathematics), the University of Michigan (political science), and the University of California, Berkeley (sociology). He was the third president of Students for a Democratic Society, in 1963-64, and coordinator of the SDS Peace Research and Education Project in 1964-65, during which time he helped organize the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War and the first American demonstrations against corporate aid to the apartheid regime in South Africa. During 1968-69, he was an editor and writer for the San Francisco Express Times, and through 1970 wrote widely for the underground press.  In 2003-06, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA. He has contributed to many books and published widely in general periodicals and scholarly journals. He is a columnist for Tablet (, a media commentator at, and a member of the editorial board of Dissent. Previously, he was a columnist at the New York Observer and the San Francisco Examiner, and a regular op-ed contributor to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Newsday. His poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Yale Review, The New Republic, and Raritan. He lectures frequently on culture and politics in the United States and abroad.

Norman  Finkelstein received his doctorate in political theory in 1988 from the Princeton University Politics Department. He taught for two decades in the CUNY system, NYU and DePaul University (in Chicago). He has lectured on a broad range of subjects, and has written ten books that have been translated into more than 50 foreign editions. Finkelstein’s main fields of research and teaching are political theory, international law, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

*Registration for each session will be limited to 35 participants. A short reading will be distributed to registered participants one week in advance of the event.