MISSOULA – A top executive of the nation’s most prominent organization in protecting civil liberties will deliver the next installment of the 2015-16 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.
Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union executive director, will present “Civil Liberties in America Today” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in UM’s Dennison Theatre.
In collaboration with the UM Philosophy Forum, Romero also will lead the seminar “A Conversation with Anthony Romero” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.
A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and the Stanford University Law School, Romero had a distinguished career in public-interest activism before becoming the executive director of the ACLU one week before the 9/11 attacks.
Under his leadership, the ACLU opposed some of the U.S. government’s key policies in the war on terror, including the Patriot Act and the Terrorist Surveillance Program. In 2007, he co-wrote “In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror,” an examination of the erosion of civil rights in the post-9/11 era.
Romero also led the ACLU in its unique legal challenge to the patents held by a private company on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer; in its landmark lawsuit challenging Arizona’s anti-immigrant law that invites law enforcement to engage in racial profiling; in its high-profile litigation and lobbying efforts to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples; in its nationwide campaign to end mass incarcerations, which aims to achieve a 50-percent reduction in the number of Americans behind bars; and in establishing the John Adams project, a joint effort with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist the under-resourced military defense lawyers in the Guantanamo military commissions.
The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of eight talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.