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Aug. 31: Lecture by journalist, author marks Constitution Day

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author will give a lecture on the relevance of the U.S. Constitution to civil liberties in contemporary society Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

David K. Shipler will give a talk based on his recently released book, “The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades our Liberties,” to mark Constitution Day, established by federal law in 2004 to recognize the ratification of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

The lecture will focus on the historical expansion, contraction and what Shipler believes are violations of Americans’ fundamental rights. His talk will also address how the Supreme Court’s constitutional rulings to protect the country’s security have affected citizens’ daily lives.

Shipler earned numerous awards for reporting during his 22-year tenure at The New York Times, where he served as staff reporter in New York; correspondent in Saigon and Moscow; bureau chief in Jerusalem; and chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. He is the author of four other books, including the best-sellers “Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams” and “The Working Poor”; and “Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land,” which won a Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

The event is sponsored by Hood’s political science department. For more information, contact Janis Judson, associate professor of political science and chair of the department, at 301-696-3721 or by email at