Tolerance in an Age of Terrorism

Fresh Insight Into the Post 9/11 Debate

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

February 28, 2007, New York, NY

To what degree should racial, religious, or ethnic profiling be permitted in the post 9/11 world? Is there still space for the Enlightenment values of tolerance and doubt in a global environment where violent fundamentalisms are on the rise? Do "hate speech" and "hate cartoons" have a place in public discourse?

Martha L. Minow, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will provide fresh insight into the continuing debate pitting security concerns against civil liberties in "Tolerance in an Age of Terrorism," the Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 27, at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122 Street) in New York City. This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for one credit hour (transitional and non-transitional) toward the professional practice requirement, and is made available to the New York legal community without charge.

Professor Minow writes about human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities. Her books include Breaking the Cycles of Hatred: Memory, Law, and Repair (2003); Partners, Not Rivals: Privatization and the Public Good (2002); Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1998); Not Only for Myself: Identity, Politics, and Law (1997); and Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990). She has also written casebooks on civil procedure and on women and the law.

Professor Minow, who has taught at Harvard since 1981, served on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Coexistence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. She serves on the boards of the Covenant Foundation, the Revson Foundation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center and is a faculty fellow of Harvard Hillel. Professor Minow received her law degree from Yale University.

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish President of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Admission is free. Reservations and photo ID are required, and attendees are asked to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program. For reservations and further information, call (212) 280-6093 or email.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953 or email.

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