"Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge"" with author Marjorie Heins
In the 1950s, teachers and professors were the target of massive loyalty investigations. Those who resisted were summarily fired.
Co-hosted by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Marjorie Heins will discuss New York's heresy hunt, the battles over academic freedom on the campuses and in the courts, and the implications for political repression today.
Marjorie Heins is the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project. From 1991-98, she directed the American Civil Liberties Union's Arts Censorship Project, where she was co-counsel in several major First Amendment cases, including Reno v. ACLU (invalidating a law that criminalized "indecent" communications on the Internet). She has been a fellow at the NYU Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the Open Society Institute. In 1991-92, she was chief of the Civil Rights Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
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