"Jersey Girl" Lorie Van Auken to be part of NYU Teach-In - Saturday, February 23rd

(and not a moment too soon!)

Saturday, Feb. 23,
10:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m.
4th floor, Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council of NYU

We cordially invite you to attend the FIRST NATIONAL TEACH-IN ON FREEDOMS AT RISK IN AMERICA, hosted by the College of Arts and Science (CAS) Student Council of New York University on Saturday, February 23, 2008.

This all-day event will be an interactive forum featuring numerous renowned academics and intellectuals both from within and outside of the NYU faculty, and will be open to the public and to the press throughout the day.

FREEDOMS AT RISK will be kicked off in the morning with two classic-style teach-ins: our TEACH-IN ON FREEDOMS AT RISK IN POLITICS, and our TEACH-IN ON FREEDOMS AT RISK IN ACADEMIA. Both will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue through 5:00 p.m. Following a two-hour recess, FREEDOMS AT RISK will resume with our evening PLENUM, which is set to run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

At FREEDOMS AT RISK, student, professional, and public attendees will be encouraged to take an active role in the Conference by posing questions on the topics covered and engaging in discussion and debate with our guest speakers.

Those guests who have so generously agreed to join us and speak at our PLENUM include: NORMAN FINKELSTEIN, whose academic controversy at DePaul University in Chicago has made several headlines over the last year. He has held faculty positions at numerous higher-learning institutions, and is the author of five books including international best-seller The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering; LYNNE STEWART, a political activist and attorney who is noted for representing unpopular clients, and has experienced extensive recent political oppression. An advocate of the constitutional right to due process of law, she fights to see that right extended to anyone who is tried within the American legal system; ELLEN SCHRECKER, an outspoken advocate of academic freedoms and a professor of American history at Yeshiva University who has also taught at a number of other institutions. A successful author, she has written such books as Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America; MARK CRISPIN MILLER, a professor of Media Studies at NYU who actively supports democratic media reform. He is also an accomplished author, having written Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections and Seeing Through Movies; and MICHAEL SMITH, a New York City Attorney and author who sits on the Executive Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-hosts the WBAI radio program Law and Disorder with Michael Ratner and Heidi Boghosian. He recently edited William Kunstler’s noteworthy piece, “The Emerging Police State.”

And for the TEACH-INS, we welcome among others: JOHN GERASSI, a renowned professor of political science at Queens College, who has written several books on politics and international affairs including an official biography of Jean-Paul Sartre; PETER N. KIRSTEIN a professor of history and author from Chicago‚s Saint Xavier University, and a nationally recognized advocate of academic freedom and free-speech rights. He has been profiled in conservative writer David Horowitz‚s book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America; and LORIE VAN AUKEN, a “Jersey Girl” and winner of Glamour Magazine’s 2004 Woman of the Year Award for her work with the other “Jersey Girls” in successfully lobbying for an independent investigation into the events of September 11th, 2001. She has been interviewed several times on national television and appears in the documentary 9/11 Press for Truth.

These and other notable speakers are sure to make the TEACH-IN ON FREEDOMS AT RISK IN AMERICA—the first of its kind in the nation—a truly monumental and memorable event.

FREEDOMS AT RISK will be hosted on the 4th floor of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life at 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY. An entire floor has been reserved, and refreshments will be provided for all. We are excited and honored to have the occasion to host this TEACH-IN Conference, and we sincerely hope to have you join us for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating and precedent-setting event!


Student Council
College of Arts and Science
New York University