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Leading historian discusses Patriot Act

Loyola announcement - October 20, 2003

Wars for Freedom, Wars on Freedom: Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis

Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.

Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium

Alan Brinkley, provost and Allen Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, will place the recent controversy over the Patriot Act in historical perspective as he discusses other moments of national crisis--such as the Civil War, the Red Scare, and World War II--where the United States government placed new constraints on its citizensí civil liberties. He will assess whether those constraints were necessary in the past and whether they are necessary now. Brinkley is one of the leading historians in the United States. He is author of numerous books including Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin & the Great Depression, which won the National Book Award. He has regularly appeared on NPR, television and in the press.