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September 8, 2011

“The Supreme Court and Free Speech” Is Subject of Sept. 16 Lecture by Slate Magazine’s Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick of Slate Magazine will deliver a lecture titled "The Supreme Court and Free Speech" at the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. The event will be held in Madison Hall, located on the ground floor of the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Law Library of Congress, the lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The lecture will explore the implications of the Supreme Court’s conflicts over free speech issues and how the press and the public contribute to the court’s divisiveness.

Lithwick is a senior editor and legal correspondent at Slate Magazine, where she writes the "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns. She is also a biweekly columnist for Newsweek. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, ELLE, The Washington Post, The New Republic and the Ottawa Citizen, among other media outlets. She was a regular guest on "The Al Franken Show" and has been a guest columnist for the op-ed page of The New York Times.

As a guest on National Public Radio’s newsmagazine "Day to Day," which is co-produced by Slate.com, Lithwick frequently provides summaries of and commentary on current U.S. Supreme Court cases. She received the Online News Association’s award for online commentary in 2001 and again in 2005, for a series she co-authored on torture. Lithwick was the first online journalist invited to serve on the Steering Committee for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She is the co-author of "Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World," a legal humor book, and "I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp," a book about seven children from a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, funded by the late Paul Newman.

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PR 11-163
09/08/11
ISSN 0731-3527

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