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Bonifaz to Speak in Baltimore on Sept. 16

Phantoms of Lost Liberty: The U.S. Constitution in Crisis

It is often said that September 11th changed everything. Does this mean the U.S.
Constitution, too? There’s a Constitutional debate raging right now and it is over
how much power the government has in its War on Terror. Are secret arrests
permissible? Torture? Surveillance? Restrictions on speech and protest? Lying
by police and government officials? Is the Constitution even relevant in this
new kind of warfare? Or is it quaint and outmoded? Many people have argued
that Americans now face the greatest Constitutional crisis of our history.

On September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for a
last time in Independence Hall to sign the just completed Constitution, thus
creating the first modern constitutional republic built on the twin principles of
limited government powers and protection of the rights of people. September
17th has been set aside by the U.S. Congress as Constitution Day, a time to
reflect on what the Constitution means to us today.

Maryland Institute College of Art and Women for Mutual Security have gathered a group of legal experts and civil libertarians on Constitution Day – the 218th anniversary of the Constitution – to discuss the burning questions of the Constitution in these times of Terror.

Friday, September 16, 2005
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center
Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Conference Program
10:30–10:45 Welcoming – Robert Merrill
10:45–12:00 Keynote – David Cole,
12:00–1:00 Lunch – On your own.
1:00–3:00 Panel 1 –
In the Balance Between War and Constitutional/Human Rights
Sherrilyn Ifill, Moderator
Elaine Cassel, Farhana Khery
Naheed Qureshi, John Bonifaz,

3:00–3:15 Coffee Break

3:15–5:15 Panel 2 –
Vanishing People,
Vanishing Rights
Ambrose I. Lane, Moderator.
Michael Ratner, Asa Gordon,
Alisha Mohammed,

5:15 Parting Comment

For additional information, please contact:
MICA’s Office of Communications
Robert Merrill, e-mail
Lenora Foerstel, e-mail
Alan Orr, email daorr@yahoo

Conference is free and open to the public.
Pre-Registration is encouraged but
not required. To pre-register, send your
name, address, phone, and email
to Robert Merrill, Literature Department,
Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300
Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217.
By fax, send to 301 277 2467.
By email, send to
Directions: Mount Royal/Univ. of Baltimore


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