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Lives in the Law | Robert Corn-Revere: The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder

Lives in the Law | Robert Corn-Revere: The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder


This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, scholars, historians, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about law and its significance, past and present. Join us in-person at the library or online for a conversation with Robert Corn-Revere, author of The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the session, which is meant for laypersons and specialists alike.

Beginning in the nineteenth century with Anthony Comstock, America's 'censor in chief, ' The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder explores how censors operate and why they wore out their welcome in society at large. This book explains how the same tactics were tried and eventually failed in the twentieth century, with efforts to censor music, comic books, television, and other forms of popular entertainment. The historic examples illustrate not just the mindset and tactics of censors, but why they are the ultimate counterculture warriors and why, in free societies, censors never occupy the moral high ground. This book is for anyone who wants to know more about why freedom of speech is important and how protections for free expression became part of the American identity.

Robert Corn-Revere has long been a leader in the areas of media, communications, and information technology law. He is a tireless advocate for his First Amendment rights, with particular experience applying these protections to new communications technologies. As a former Federal Communications Commission official, he has helped clients navigate complex regulations and administrative proceedings, and as a former journalist, he assists media organizations in their ability to gather and disseminate information.Corn-Revere has advocated in courts across the country, including all of the federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has won landmark First Amendment victories that extend full constitutional protections into novel areas. His practice runs the gamut from assisting major corporations with issues ranging from content regulation, newsgathering issues, and commercial speech regulation, to helping individuals cope with speech restrictions.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and there will be a book signing immediately following the event. We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased will be signed by the author.

NOTE: this session is available to attend in-person at the library or through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER and indicate which you prefer.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern Time
Large Meeting Room
  Adults     Older Adults  
  Book Discussions  
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