Corliss Lamont Centenary Civil Liberties Forum
A debate entitled: “Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?”
Columbia University Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall (JG101)
435 West 116th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027, USA
4 PM to 9 PM — Friday, April 5, 2002
These discussions were held in honor of Humanist, Patriot, and Defender of Civil Liberties, Corliss Lamont, as an observation of his Centenary. He was born March 28, 1902.
Professor Vincent A. Blasi, who occupies the endowed Corliss Lamont Civil Liberties Chair at Columbia University, delivered the keynote address. Invited speakers included the following individuals.†
- John Perry Barlow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Mary Beaty, Electric Librarian
- Nancy Chang, Senior Litigation Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
- Jeremiah S. Gutman, Co-chair, National Coalition Against Censorship
- Connie Hogarth, WESPAC
- C. Clark Kissinger, Refuse & Resist!
- Michael Letwin, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers
- Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union
- Vincent Lloyd, Editor of CommonSense
- Brian McCartin, Thomas Paine National Historical Association
- Victor Navasky, Publisher of The Nation
- Michael Ratner, Attorney with and Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights
- Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Partnership for Civil Justice
† Affilations shown for informational/reference purposes only.
The schedule of events was as follows.
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - First Panel
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Reception
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Second Panel
This Centenary Program began with a screening of a documentary film entitled, Corliss Lamont: Renegade Patriot, created by Jonathan Heap, Corliss Lamont's grandson. Audio and video highlights from the film are available on this Web site.
Here are three downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files that we've prepared specially for use on this Web page. If you should need to update your copy of the Adobe (Acrobat) Reader program, the latest version can be downloaded for free using the link below.
- A one-page announcement Flyer that was publicly distributed prior to the event.
Corliss_Lamont_Centenary_Flyer.pdf (34,612 bytes)
- A six-page Program that was distributed to attendees at the event. This document contains biographies for all of the invited speakers.
Corliss_Lamont_Centenary_Program.pdf (6,738,080 bytes)
- A one-page copy of The Bill of Rights that was distributed to attendees at the event. This document is suitable for printing.
The_Bill_of_Rights.pdf (165,681 bytes)
Adobe Flash Video:
- Flash Video Part 1 of 4
Running time: 57 minutes 21 seconds
Speakers: Vincent A. Blasi (keynote), Donna Lieberman
- Flash Video Part 2 of 4
Running time: 59 minutes 27 seconds
Speakers: Jeremiah S. Gutman*, Mary Beaty, Michael Letwin
- Flash Video Part 3 of 4
Running time: 60 minutes 3 seconds
Speakers: Victor Navasky, John Perry Barlow, C. Clark Kissinger (Introduced by Beth K. Lamont)
- Flash Video Part 4 of 4
Running time: 56 minutes 58 seconds
Speakers: C. Clark Kissinger (continued from previous file), Vincent Lloyd, Nancy Chang, Brian McCartin
* We are saddened to report that Jeremiah S. Gutman died February 25, 2004.
Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) compatible files, containing the same footage as the Flash Video files above, encoded with 768 kbps MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC H.264 video and 128 kbps MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio. Download these files to your local system by right-clicking ("Save Target As..." or "Save Link As...") on the links below and then move or copy them into the \MP_ROOT\101ANV01 directory (folder) on your PSP's Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash memory card. A minimum 512 MB Memory Stick is required to hold any one of these four files. A 2 GB or larger Memory Stick can hold all four of these files. Your PSP must be running firmware (system software) Version 2.01 or higher in order to play these AVC/AAC-encoded files. North American PSP users can download free PSP firmware updates using this link.
- PSP Video Part 1 of 4 - MAQ45021.MP4 - 388,606,843 bytes - 57 minutes 21 seconds
- PSP Video Part 2 of 4 - MAQ45022.MP4 - 402,807,774 bytes - 59 minutes 27 seconds
- PSP Video Part 3 of 4 - MAQ45023.MP4 - 407,014,310 bytes - 60 minutes 3 seconds
- PSP Video Part 4 of 4 - MAQ45024.MP4 - 386,022,541 bytes - 56 minutes 58 seconds
For PSP users, here are four Thumbnail (.THM) files which can also be moved/copied into the \MP_ROOT\101ANV01 directory (folder) on your Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash memory card along with the above .MP4 files. Right-click and "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." to download. When these .THM files are present on the Memory Stick media along with the associated .MP4 files, your PSP's Video menu will display these images rather than the generic PSP movie icon.
Thumbnail for Video Part 1 of 4
Thumbnail for Video Part 2 of 4
Thumbnail for Video Part 3 of 4
Thumbnail for Video Part 4 of 4
In addition to the Sony PSP, these four .MP4 files will also play in Version 7 and later of the free Apple QuickTime Player program (as well as the U.S. $29.99 QuickTime Player Pro program) on both Mac OS X and Windows computer systems.
These four .MP4 files will also play in the free VideoLAN VLC media player program, which is available for several flavors of Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. VLC media player is an excellent all-around multimedia player program and includes its own set of codecs that will not interfere with other codecs already installed on the system. A highly recommended application.
These four .MP4 files will also play on Windows systems in Microsoft's free Windows Media Player (WMP) program provided that the proper DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 file reader, AVC video decoder codec, and AAC audio decoder codec filters are installed on the system. Most older Windows systems do not have such filters installed, however.
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