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University forum to discuss First Amendment rights

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 18, 2004) -- A "Forum on First Amendment Rights" will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in Ohio University's Margaret Walter Hall room 145. The forum is intended to encourage discussion of the definitions, boundaries, conflicts, and contexts of free speech, First Amendment rights, academic freedom and censorship in an academic environment. The event is free and open to the public.

Ohio University's Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Faculty Senate and University Libraries are sponsoring the forum.

"The goal of the forum is to underline the special significance of free speech, First Amendment rights, censorship, and academic freedom in a public university setting," interim Provost Kathy Krendl said. "The various perspectives and expertise of the panelists will enrich our understanding of the issues and elevate our ability to participate in meaningful, ongoing discussions on our campus."

Tom Hodson, director of Ohio University's School of Journalism, will serve as moderator for a group of panelists who bring a wide range of expertise to the discussion.

Fred Cate, distinguished professor and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University School of Law, is the author of many articles and monographs, including "The Internet and the First Amendment," "Privacy in the Information Age" and "Privacy in Perspective," and has appeared on CNN, PBS and many local television and radio programs.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, works on projects addressing user privacy and censorship in the library. Prior to joining the ALA, she practiced appellate law before the state and federal courts in Chicago.

Other panelists, all from Ohio University, will include Director of the Office of Legal Affairs John Burns; and faculty members Arthur Marinelli, College of Business; Duane McDiarmid, School of Art; and Guido Stempel, School of Journalism.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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