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Stanford Constitutional Law Center and the American Studies Program present a Constitutional Conversation with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Anthony Lewis


February 4, 2008 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Professor Lawrence Lessig will host a memorable discussion with Anthony Lewis about his new book, Freedom For the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

"Anthony Lewis's Freedom for the Thought That We Hate is a must-read for Americans who want to understand their most cherished liberty." Professor Geoffrey Stone, author of Top Secret and Perilous Times.

About The Book

Guarantees of free speech and freedom of the press have been part of the American Constitution since the First Amendment was adopted in 1791. But it was only in 1919 that the Supreme Court began to enforce those rights - reluctantly at first, then with accelerating vigor. Lewis' latest work traces the First Amendment from its early origins and engages such contemporary issues as hate speech and journalist's claim of a right to conceal confidential sources. In describing the great legal battles along the way, the author reminds us that it is judges, issuing their written interpretations of the First Amendment, who have made the U.S. the most boisterous, outspoken and free society in history.

About the Author

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Lewis was a columnist for the New York Times op ed page from 1969 through 2001. He has also been a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and a visiting professor at the Universities of Columbia, California, Illinois, Oregon and Arizona and is the author of three previous books including Gideon's Trumpet.

A special thanks to the American Studies Program at Stanford University for their sponsorship of this event. Please visit their website at American Studies Program.

Books will be available to purchase for cash or check only, and Mr. Lewis will be on hand following the event to sign your copy.

Open to the community. A buffet dinner will be served.