Human Security at Home and Abroad, Feb. 7 & 14

January 29th, 2008 by Adam


“Maintaining Personal and National Security Post-9/11” and “Personal Perspectives on Discrimination” will be presented by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University in February.

Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and professor of law at New York Law School will discuss national security issues Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

Professor Strossen’s talk will address the constitutional implications of government measures taken in the wake of 9/11.

“Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the ACLU has been working with many diverse allies from across the ideological spectrum in our ‘Safe and Free Campaign.’ National security experts, as well as civil libertarians, have strongly criticized many post-9/11 policies, such as warrantless wiretapping and other dragnet surveillance measures, as the worst of both worlds; they do decrease the freedom of everyone in this country, but without increasing national security,” said Strossen. “Moreover,the U.S.’s abusive, unjust treatment of non-citizens—through measures including torture and prolonged detention without access to lawyers or courts—has alienated our allies and aided our enemies’ recruiting efforts,” she said.

Strossen has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. Since 1991, she has served as president of the ACLU, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.
The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Vanity Fair included her biography in “America’s 200 Most Influential Women,” and Ladies’ Home Journal included her in “America’s 100 Most Important Women.”

Professor Strossen has written more than 250 published works including the book Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights, which was named a notable book of 1995 by The New York Times and was republished in October 2000.

A second program will be presented Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., when three panelists from Plymouth State University will discuss their personal experiences with discrimination based on race and sexual orientation.

The panelists are Michael Fischler, director of the Counseling and Human Relations Center and professor of education; Daryl Browne, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, and Terri Lessard, training coordination in the Department of Information Technology Services.

The day after Martin Luther King was assassinated, Fischler was teaching in an all black, segregated southern school. He will recount events he experienced that day, and reflect on the state of contemporary race relations at Plymouth State University.

Daryl Browne had been a town resident and adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University for several years when he found himself the prime suspect for a rash of computer thefts. Ironically, he had moved his family back to his home state so his three sons could enjoy a greater sense of community and independence. Daryl’s experience will help shed light on the burden of diversity to those who find themselves along its many frontiers.

For a decade, Lessard lived the “American Dream” as a wife and mother of two, all the while secretly struggling with her inner feelings. Finally, in 1996, Lessard decided to be true to herself and reveal to her family, friends, and co-workers that she is gay, a fact she had known since college. Lessard will share her experience as a person who was once considered among the majority of society and who is now a member of a minority.

All Sidore events are free and open to the public in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. There is no charge for admission but advance reservations are recommended. Call the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS to make a reservation. Each talk is followed by a reception.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at

For additional Sidore Lecture Series information call Professor Robert Heiner at (603) 535-2507.

For information about this release contact Betsy Cheney at (603) 535-2276.
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