2008.04.02 > For Immediate Release
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History Department Welcomes First Amendment Scholar April 14
Omaha - The Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the 10th annual Winchell Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14.
This year’s lecturer is Floyd Abrams of New York City. Abrams is considered one of the nation’s foremost First Amendment attorneys and scholars. He has appeared and argued in a number of historically significant Supreme Court cases involving the First Amendment, including New York Times v. U.S. (the Pentagon Papers litigation) and Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart.
Abrams’ lecture, “History, Journalists, and the Law in the New Century,” is free and open to the public at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus.
“Mr. Abrams is a true legend in the field of First Amendment law and history,” said Mark Scherer, Department of History associate professor and event organizer. “The Department of History is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring him to campus.”
Abrams appears frequently as a constitutional expert on news programs such as “Nightline,” the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and “Charlie Rose.” His articles and essays are published regularly in The New York Times, Washington Post, Yale Law Journal and Harvard Law Review.
Abrams is the author of Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment (Viking Press, 2005) and holds the William J. Brennan, Jr. Chair as visiting professor of First Amendment law at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
For more information, contact Scherer at (402) 554-2835.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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