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Geoffrey R. Stone, one of the country's foremost authorities on the First Amendment, will discuss "Civil Liberties in Wartime" Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Old Dominion University. The talk is part of the Free Speech in the Modern Era Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the English Department.

Free and open to the public, Stone's talk will be held at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building.

As the Harry Kalven, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Stone teaches primarily in the areas of constitutional law and evidence, and writes principally in the field of constitutional law. His most recent book, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism, received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for 2005, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 2004 as the Best Book in History, the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Award for 2005 for the Best Book in Political Science, and Harvard University's 2005 Goldsmith Award for the Best Book in Public Affairs.

Stone is currently chief editor of a fifteen-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which will be published by the Oxford University Press between 2006 and 2010. He is working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution, and his past works include Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era, The Bill of Rights in the Modern State, Constitutional Law, and The First Amendment. Stone also serves as an editor of the Supreme Court Review.

In 2003, Stone represented Fred Korematsu in an amicus curiae -- or "friend of the court" -- brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in the Guantánamo Bay case. Korematsu, who in 1944 challenged the constitutionality of President Franklin Roosevelt's 1942 Executive Order authorizing the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II, asked the high court to review the constitutionality of prolonged executive detentions under the Bush administration's war on terrorism.

Stone has been a member of the University of Chicago law faculty since 1973, and served as dean of the Law School from 1987-1993 and provost of the university from 1993-2002. He received his undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1971 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Stone served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.

For more information call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: November 6, 2006

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