CONTACT: VANESSA SHELTON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Internet censorship/decency debate scheduled Monday, April 14, at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A pro-family legal policy advocate will debate a proponent
of First Amendment protections on the controversial topic of "Internet
Censorship/Decency" Monday, April 14, at the University of Iowa.
The debate between Cathleen Cleaver, director of legal policy with the Family
Research Council, and Roger Newman, author of "Banned Films: Censors
and the First Amendment" and research scholar with New York University
School of Law, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial
Union. Admission is free and open to the general public. The debate is sponsored
by the University Lecture Committee. Samuel Becker, professor emeritus of
communication studies, is debate moderator.
With the rise in accessibility to and popularity of the Internet, Cleaver
and Newman face off on some highly charged issues pertaining to the future
course of cyberspace. Their appearance comes as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs
the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act, enacted by Congress
last year, which made it a crime to make "indecent" materials available
to children on the Internet. Each of the debaters has made numerous media
appearances and has written widely in support of their respective, conflicting
viewpoints on the censorship issue.
In support of Internet content regulation, Cleaver is an expert on First
Amendment issues related to pornography and religious liberty, as well as
in the areas of euthanasia and parental rights. Before joining the Family
Research Council, she was legal counsel and program director for the National
Law Center for Children and Families, a legal center founded to strengthen
and defend laws against obscenity, child pornography and sexual exploitation.
She received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a bachelor's
degree from the University of South Florida, and is a National Institute for
Trial Advocacy graduate.
Supporting free speech protections for Internet communicators, Newman has
written numerous books and articles on a variety of topics, specializing on
those pertaining to the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional law. His book,
"Hugo Black: A Biography," was highly acclaimed and a finalist for
the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. He currently is working on a book with the sitting
Supreme Court justices tentatively titled, "The Justices: The Supreme
Court Today." He also has tackled controversial issues such as school
prayer and library censorship.
The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other grants, he holds a law
degree from Cardozo Law School, a master's degree in history from the University
of Virginia and a master's degree in politics from New York University, and
a bachelor's degree from Hunter College.
Persons with disabilities who are in need of accommodations in order to participate
should contact the Lecture Committee at (319) 335-3255.