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Jan. 12, 2006

Constitutional Law Expert Cole To Speak As Part Of UI Lecture Series

David Cole, a nationally recognized constitutional law expert and a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, will deliver a free speech on campus at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Main Lounge of the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union.

Cole's lecture, "Less Safe, Less Free: Why We Are Losing the War on Terror," is presented by the University Lecture Committee. It is free and open to the public.

In addition to teaching at Georgetown, Cole serves as legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and is a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

In his 2003 book, "Enemy Aliens," Cole argues that the United States has selectively sacrificed the liberties of immigrants for the purported security of the majority, but that these sacrifices are bound to pave the way (and have already paved the way) for infringements on citizens' liberties as well. "Enemy Aliens" captured the National Book Award in 2004.

He is the author of "No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System" (1999), which was named Best Nonfiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review, and co-author of "Terrorism and the Constitution" (revised edition, 2006). He has published in a variety of areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law and law and literature.

New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis has called him "one of the country's great legal voices for civil liberties today."  He litigated the legal case that extended First Amendment protection to flag burning, as well as civil liberties cases on behalf of resident aliens. He continues to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues as a volunteer staff attorney at the Center where he is also a member of the Board of Directors.

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: UI Lecture Committee, 319-335-3255.