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WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS., April 22, 2002 — Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will debate conservative political analyst Patrick Buchanan in a public affairs forum on Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m. They will consider the question “Are Non-U.S. Citizens Subject to the Protection Given by the Bill of Rights?” Also participating in the debate will be Neil Anderson ’04 from Columbus, Ohio, and Sarah Iams ’04 from Bethesda, Md. The event will be held in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. It is sponsored by the Williams College Class of 1971 Public Affairs Forum and the Williams College Debate Union.
Strossen, professor of law at New York Law School, has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. Since 1991, she has served as president of the ACLU, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.
The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” She comments frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program.
Her writing has been published in many scholarly and general interest publications (more than 225 published works).
She has contributed chapters to many books, including Translating the Bill of Rights’ Guarantees into Meaningful Human Rights Protections in “Interpreting a Bill of Rights,” edited by Johan Kruger and Brian Currin, and Enforcing International Human Rights Law in the United States in “Human Rights: Agenda for the Next Century” edited by Louis Henkin and John Lawrence Hargrove.
Strossen graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1975, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nine years in Minneapolis.
Buchanan’s professional career began in 1962, when, at 23, he was chosen as the youngest editorial writer on a major newspaper in the United States, the St. Louis Globe Democrat.
He moved from the editorial world to political in 1965, and has been a senior advisor to three American presidents. From 1966 to 1974, he was confidant and assistant to Richard Nixon. In 1974, he served as assistant to Gerald Ford. From 1985 to 1987, he was White House communications director for Ronald Reagan. In December 1991, Buchanan challenged George Bush for the 1992 Republican presidential nomination. He ran in 33 state primaries.
In February 1993 he founded The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to the principles of limited government, traditional values, and a foreign policy that puts America first.
His articles have appeared in publications ranging from Human Events and National Review to the Rolling Stone. He has been a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, and host of Mutual Radio’s Buchanan & Co.
He received his master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York in 1952.
The Williams College Debate Union was begun in 1997 by the Gargoyle Society. Modeled on the Oxford Union Debating Society, it was established after former president of the college challenged students to engage more in public affairs. The Union’s debates have focused on issues that generate argument and discussion. This year’s Debate Union members are Nishant Nayyar ’02 of New Delhi, India; Evan Sandhaus ’02 of Leawood, Kans.; Joseph Urwitz ’02 from Bethesda, Md.; and Christopher Zerwas ’02 of El Paso, Texas.