Thursday, June 1, 2017

Civil Liberties during World War I

[The following is taken from a press release of the Library of Congress.]

“Resistance and Rights: Civil Liberties during World War I” will take place from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.  The event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are not needed.

The symposium is hosted by the Law Library of Congress and the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.  It is made possible by the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory council.

During wartime, the tension between civil liberties and national security has been a recurrent theme in American history.  World War I proved no exception.  The symposium’s scholars will discuss civil liberties, citizenship and wartime resistance during World War I and how the interplay among the three held long-term ramifications.

The panel will be led by moderator Mary Dudziak, an Emory University law professor and legal historian, and will include Geoffrey R. Stone, former dean of the University of Chicago Law School, former university provost and now a law professor; David M. Rabban, University of Texas law professor; Jeremy Kessler, Columbia University law professor; and Megan Ming Francis, assistant professor of political science at the University of Washington.