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.

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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.

Collateral materials:

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Adobe Flash Video (FLV). Raw, unedited video of both Panel Sessions, in one-hour blocks. These four files, totaling approximately four hours run time, contain some significant technical flaws, but it was felt that the content was important, so they've been posted here. Clicking each of the links below will cause the Shock Wave Flash (SWF) player to appear in a JavaScript pop-up window. Flash Video (FLV) file download will commence as soon as the window appears, but the Play button must be clicked before playback will actually begin. A high-speed connection (cable modem, xDSL, T1/E1, etc.) is strongly recommended. If you're on a lower speed connection (dial-up, ISDN, etc.), it's suggested that you wait until the download has completed before clicking the Play button. A progress bar will indicate FLV file download progress. Although the audio in these Flash Video files is ordinary MPEG Layer III, the video is encoded using the On2 VP6 codec, so you'll need a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player in order to successfully play these files. If you should need to update your Adobe Flash or Shockwave players, the latest versions can be downloaded for free using the links below.
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