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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 30, 2015

Former ACLU president Strossen to speak at Northwest April 8

By Erin Dillon, media relations assistant

Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen

Northwest Missouri State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Nadine Strossen, the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Johnson Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Strossen, was the first woman to serve as president of the American Civil Liberties Union and the youngest person ever to hold the position. As a current professor of law at New York Law School, she has lectured and written about civil liberties, constitutional law and international human rights.

Her lecture discusses issues relevant in today’s society such as the War on Terror and government’s potential efforts to endorse intrusive legislation, rapid technological change, a conservative political environment and more.

“Those who attend her presentation should walk away with a fuller understanding of and a reaffirmed commitment to freedoms, both their freedom and the freedoms of other people, including people with contrary and even unpopular opinions,” said Kenton Wilcox, the coordinator for this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series and an instructor of English at Northwest. “Our capacity to protect that freedom is a measure of the robustness of our democracy and of our respect for the integrity and dignity of every person.”

Strossen was named by Vanity Fair as one of America’s 200 Most Influential Women and has written two books during her career, “Defending Pornography” and “Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

The objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office Campus Activities, the series presents the Northwest campus and surrounding communities with opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals from around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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