2012.04.05: Video: A debate entitled: “Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?”


Corliss Lamont Centenary Civil Liberties Forum

A debate entitled: “Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?”

Columbia University Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall (JG101)
435 West 116th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027, USA
4 PM to 9 PM — Friday, April 5, 2002

Running time: 59 minutes 27 seconds Speakers: Jeremiah S. Gutman*, Mary Beaty, Michael Letwin

These discussions were held in honor of Humanist, Patriot, and Defender of Civil Liberties, Corliss Lamont, as an observation of his Centenary. He was born March 28, 1902.

Professor Vincent A. Blasi, who occupies the endowed Corliss Lamont Civil Liberties Chair at Columbia University, delivered the keynote address. Invited speakers included the following individuals.

  • John Perry Barlow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Mary Beaty, Electric Librarian
  • Nancy Chang, Senior Litigation Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Jeremiah S. Gutman, Co-chair, National Coalition Against Censorship
  • Connie Hogarth, WESPAC
  • C. Clark Kissinger, Refuse & Resist!
  • Michael Letwin, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Vincent Lloyd, Editor of CommonSense
  • Brian McCartin, Thomas Paine National Historical Association
  • Victor Navasky, Publisher of The Nation
  • Michael Ratner, Attorney with and Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Partnership for Civil Justice

† Affilations shown for informational/reference purposes only.

The schedule of events was as follows.

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – First Panel
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Reception
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Second Panel

This Centenary Program began with a screening of a documentary film entitled, Corliss Lamont: Renegade Patriot, created by Jonathan Heap, Corliss Lamont’s grandson. Audio and video highlights from the film are available on this Web site.


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