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Civil liberties at times of national crisis is focus of Sept. 20 lecture at Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights

September 11, 2012

DETROIT — Civil rights expert Jules Lobel will speak on Sept. 20 about individual rights in times of national crisis as part of an ongoing program by Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights examining the War on Terror and respect for individual liberties.

The lecture, “Victory Without Success: Has the Guantanamo Litigation Led to Permanent Wartime Preventive Detention?” by Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at the Pittsburgh School of Law, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the WSU Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.
“Each anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11 presents an important opportunity for thought and reflection,” said Peter Hammer, Wayne Law professor and director of the Keith Center. “Individual rights and liberties are often most threatened at times of perceived national crisis. Law schools present an appropriate forum in which these difficult issues can be examined in a sober and thoughtful manner.”
Lobel co-authored the 2007 award-winning book, “Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror,” which won the first Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for exemplary scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security.
The Sept. 20 lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $6 in Structure No. 1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street. For more details, contact Reuben Metreger at the Keith Center at keithcenter@wayne.edu or 313-577-3620.
The Keith Center promotes civil rights educational opportunities and encourages research on racial justice issues, including housing segregation, inadequate and segregated education, and unequal economic opportunities, with a particular focus on southeastern Michigan. It also contributes to the development of the next generation of civil rights advocates by providing opportunities to work with leading civil rights organizations and providing scholarships to Wayne Law students interested in pursuing civil rights law.