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Virtual Program | Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The American Civil Liberties Union at 100


Mark the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union with a discussion that digs into a century of struggles to define and protect American freedoms, past, present, and future.

Ellis Cose, the ACLU’s first ever writer-in-residence and author of the sweeping retrospective Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America, traces the history of the organization and its fight to preserve fundamental rights through some of the country’s most turbulent periods: The Red Scare, World War II, McCarthysim, post-9/11, and more. This conversation is led by Emerson Sykes, staff attorney at the ACLU and former host of the At Liberty podcast.

Presented as part of BHS’s ongoing programming with The New Press.


Wednesday, July 08, 2020

7:30 pm

Online program via Zoom Webinar


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    Ellis Cose

    Ellis Cose is the author of a dozen books on issues of national and international concern, including the best-selling The Rage of a Privileged Class, a novel (The Best Defense), and Democracy, If we Can Keep It, the definitive history of the American Civil Liberties Union. For 17 years, Cose was a columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. He is a former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News as well as an independent radio documentary producer. Cose was the inaugural writer in residence for the ACLU. He has appeared on a range of national and international news programs, including Dateline, ABC News, and Good Morning America.

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    Emerson Sykes

    Emerson Sykes is a staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project where he focuses on First Amendment free speech protections. He is also the former host of the podcast At Liberty.