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Civil Liberties Colloquium to Present Panel on ‘Courageous Convictions'


Posted 02/15/2010
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Five plaintiffs who pursued civil liberties claims in court will discuss their cases on Tuesday evening in Wilde Auditorium.
Five plaintiffs who pursued civil liberties claims in court will discuss their cases on Tuesday evening in Wilde Auditorium.

The colloquium on "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century" will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 16, with a program on “Courageous Convictions,” featuring five panelists who pursued civil liberties cases in court.

The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please call the University box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.

The panel discussion will provide an opportunity to hear from five individuals who pursued claims of rights in court:

– Bill Baird, a longtime reproductive rights activist, has been a participant in several important cases, including two decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

– George Christian, a Connecticut librarian, fought the FBI’s request for information about patrons.

– Avery Doninger, a high school student, challenged her school’s attempt to punish her off-campus speech.

– Beth Kerrigan, together with her partner, Jodi Mock, challenged Connecticut’s ban on same-sex marriage.

– Elizabeth Horton Sheff, on behalf of her son, Milo, challenged de facto segregation in Connecticut public schools.

Jilda Aliotta, chair of the Department of Politics and Government, will serve as the panel moderator.

The "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium" presented three events during the fall semester, and will include four programs during the spring semester. In addition to the panel discussion on “Courageous Convictions,” upcoming programs in the series will include:

– “The Future of the Internet” on Wednesday, March 31

– “Gay Rights as a Free-Speech Issue” on Tuesday, April 27

– “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible” on Wednesday, April 28

The colloquium series is sponsored by the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program and the Office of the Provost. The members of the colloquium planning committee are Jilda Aliotta, Mary Dowst, Marcia Moen, Katie Roy '09, Paul Siegel, and Donn Weinholtz.

Five plaintiffs who pursued civil liberties claims in court will discuss their cases on Tuesday evening in Wilde Auditorium.
Five plaintiffs who pursued civil liberties claims in court will discuss their cases on Tuesday evening in Wilde Auditorium.