Especially interested in civil liberties, Heins will discuss her new book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge, published by NYU Press. In the 1950’s, the witch hunt against professors and teachers who were targeted by loyalty investigations was eventually settled as a “special concern of the First Amendment.”
This academic freedom case had its start at what was then the University of Buffalo, now SUNY Buffalo. The book discusses its history there and further developments in the subsequent decades.
A press release by Publishers Weekly said: "Marjorie Heins, a civil liberties lawyer and founder of the Free Expression Policy Project, tracks the collision of politics, academic freedom, free speech, and the Constitution in this dense, well-researched study...This compelling study demonstrates that precedent does not guarantee indefinite protection, and every generation must fight for its freedoms."
The event is free and open to the public. Heins will also be signing copies of her book, which will be on sale at Talking Leaves that evening.
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